Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

Pramova Emilia, Locatelli Bruno, Djoudi Houria, Somorin Olufunso. 2012. Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change. WIREs Climate Change, 3 (6) : pp. 581-596.

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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. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt, Arbre, Écosystème, service, Changement climatique, Adaptation, Changement social, Population humaine, Sociologie, Protection de l'environnement, Conservation des ressources, Agriculture, Agroforesterie, Étude de cas, Ville

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique, Indonésie, Inde, New Jersey

Mots-clés complémentaires : Service environnemental

Classification Agris : P40 - Meteorology and climatology
E50 - Rural sociology
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Pramova Emilia, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Locatelli Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (IDN) ORCID: 0000-0003-2983-1644
  • Djoudi Houria, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Somorin Olufunso, NC (CMR)

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