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Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

Publication Year

2012

Author(s)
  • Pramova, Emilia
  • Locatelli, Bruno
  • Djoudi, Houria
  • Somorin, Olufunso A.
Source
WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-CLIMATE CHANGE Volume: 3 Issue: 6 Pages: 581-596 Published: 2012
ISSN
1757-7780 eISSN: 1757-7799
Abstract

Ecosystems provide important services that can help people adapt to climate variability and change. Recognizing this role of ecosystems, several international and nongovernmental organizations have promoted an ecosystem-based approach to adaptation. We review the scientific literature related to ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) with forests and trees, and highlight five cases in which forests and trees can support adaptation: (1) forests and trees providing goods to local communities facing climatic threats; (2) trees in agricultural fields regulating water, soil, and microclimate for more resilient production; (3) forested watersheds regulating water and protecting soils for reduced climate impacts; (4) forests protecting coastal areas from climate-related threats; and (5) urban forests and trees regulating temperature and water for resilient cities. The literature provides evidence that EBA with forests and trees can reduce social vulnerability to climate hazards; however, uncertainties and knowledge gaps remain, particularly for regulating services in watersheds and coastal areas. Few studies have been undertaken on EBA specifically, but the abundant literature on ecosystem services can be used to fill knowledge gaps. Many studies assess the multiple benefits of ecosystems for human adaptation or well-being, but also recognize trade-offs between ecosystem services. Better understanding is needed of the efficiency, costs, and benefits, and trade-offs of EBA with forests and trees. Pilot projects under implementation could serve as learning sites and existing information could be systematized and revisited with a climate change adaptation lens. WIREs Clim Change 2012, 3:581596. doi: 10.1002/wcc.195 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.

Author Keyword(s)

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KeyWord(s) Plus
  • ECOSYSTEM-BASED ADAPTATION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
  • ADAPTIVE CAPACITY
  • TROPICAL FORESTS
  • MANGROVE FORESTS
  • AGRICULTURAL INTENSIFICATION
  • COASTAL VEGETATION
  • NATURAL INSURANCE
  • COPING STRATEGIES
  • FOOD SECURITY
ESI Discipline(s)
  • Environment/Ecology
  • Geosciences
  • Social Sciences
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Environmental Studies
  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Adress(es)

[Pramova, Emilia; Locatelli, Bruno; Djoudi, Houria] Ctr Int Forestry Res CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia; [Locatelli, Bruno] Ctr Cooperat Int Rech Agron Dev CIRAD, Montpellier, France; [Somorin, Olufunso A.] Ctr Int Forestry Res CIFOR, Yaounde, Cameroon; [Somorin, Olufunso A.] Wageningen Univ, Forest & Nat Conservat Policy Grp, Wageningen, Netherlands

Reprint Adress

Pramova, E (reprint author), Ctr Int Forestry Res CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia.

Country(ies)
  • Cameroon
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Netherlands
CNRS - Adress(es)

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Accession Number
WOS:000309911100006
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