Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation


The Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Module aims to assist forest managers in assessing and responding to climate-change challenges and opportunities. It provides both basic and more detailed information on key issues to be considered in assessing climate-change vulnerability and risks and adaptation and mitigation options. The module provides links to important tools and to cases in which these tools have been applied in forestry to adapt to, and mitigate the impacts of, climate change.

CPF. 2012. SFM and adaptation to climate change.

FAO. 2012. Forest management and climate change: stakeholder perceptions. Forests and Climate Change Working Paper 11. FAO, Rome.

FAO. 2012. Forest management and climate change: a literature review. Forests and Climate Change Working Paper 10. FAO, Rome.

FAO. 2011. Climate change for forest policy-makers. An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management. FAO, Rome.

FAO. 1997. Estimating biomass and biomass change of tropical forest: a primer. FAO, Rome.

Mery, G., Katila, P., Galloway, G.,  Alfaro, R.I.,  Kanninen, M.,  Lobovikov, M. & Varjo, J. (eds). 2010. Forests and society: responding to global drivers of change. IUFRO.

Furniss, J.M, Staab, B.P, Hazelhurst, S., Clifton, C.F. et al. 2010. Water, climate change, and forests: watershed stewardship for a changing climate. US Department of Agriculture, Forestry Service.

ICIMOD. 2009. Mountain biodiversity and climate change.

Koskela, J., Buck, A. & Teissier du Cros, E. (eds). 2007. Climate change and forest genetic diversity: implications for sustainable forest management in Europe. Biodiversity International, Rome.

Luttrell, C., Schreckenberg, K. & Presket, L. 2007. The implications of carbon financing for pro-poor community forestry. Overseas Devlopment Institute.

Loo, J., Fady, B., Dawson, I., Vinceti, B. & Baldinelli, G. 2011. Climate change and forest genetic resources: state of knowledge, risks and opportunities. Background Study Paper no. 56. FAO, Rome. 

Messier, C., Puettmann, J.K. & Coates, K.D. (eds). 2013. Managing forests as complex adaptive systems: building resilience to the challenge of global change. Routledge.

Moore, B. & Allard, G. 2008. Climate change impacts on forest health. FAO, Rome.

Russell, A J.M., Locatelli, B., Pramova, E., Alumai, G.J. &  Behr, D.C. 2012. Using forests to enhance resilience to climate change: what do we know about how forests can contribute to adaptation? Working Paper. Washington DC. PROFOR.

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. 2009. Connecting biodiversity and climate change mitigation and adaptation: report of the second ad hoc technical expert group on biodiversity and climate change. CBD, Montreal.

Sedjo, R.A. 2010. Adaptation of forests to climate change: some estimates. Resources for the Future.

Seppälä, R., Buck, A. & Katila, P. (eds). 2009. Adaptation of forests and people to climate change: a global assessment report. IUFRO World Series Volume 22. Helsinki.

Seppälä, R., Buck, A. & Katila, P. (eds). 2009. Making forests fit for climate change: a global view of climate-change impacts on forests and people and options for adaptation. IUFRO Policy Brief. Helsinki.

Stocks, B.J. & Ward, P.C. 2011. Climate change, carbon sequestration, and forest fire protection in the Canadian boreal zone. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Thompson, I., Mackey, B., McNulty, S. & Mosseler, A. 2009. Forest resilience, biodiversity, and climate change: a synthesis of the biodiversity/resilience/stability relationship in forest ecosystems. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal. 

Vellinga, P. & van Verseveld, W. J. 2000. Climate change and extreme weather events. WWF.

Web references

Climate funds update  (last accessed 11 june 2014)

EcoAdapt  (last accessed 11 june 2014)