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|Other Titles:||Climate Change and Forest Adaptation in the Asia-Pacific|
Shari L. Mang
John L. Innes
Department of Geography, NTNU
Climate change poses serious ecological, social and economic threats to the Asia-Pacific (AP) region. Recognizing the importance of forest ecosystems and the forest industry in the AP, as well as the strong connection between forestry and climate change mitigation, this paper reviews existing policy, science, and technology related to the adaptation and mitigation of AP forests to climate change. We summarize the current state of literature related to these topics and identify knowledge and policy gaps to be addressed. After evaluating the current state of forests and forest management in the region, developments in climate and ecosystem modeling, and the role of policy in the adaptive and mitigative capacity of AP nations, we provide three main recommendations for improvement of forest management and decision-making in the region: 1) cross-disciplinary and cross-national collaboration; 2) the development of national policy frameworks; and 3) an increase in regionally and locally specific research, including the development of species-specific models, to increase the availability of relevant information to stakeholders and scientists. Finally, we emphasize the importance of using sustainable forest management initiatives in meeting emissions reduction targets and in achieving additional environmental and socio-economic objectives.
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