Leveraging the Power of Forests and Trees for Transformational Adaptation

26 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2022

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Houria Djoudi

CIFOR

Kate Dooley

University of Melbourne

Amy E. Duchelle

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Antoine Libert-Amico

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruno Locatelli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Bessike Balinga

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maria Brockhaus

University of Helsinki

Matthew J. Colloff

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ida N. S. Djenontin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cherie Dirk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lalisa Duguma

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ojong Enokenwa Baa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Giacomo Fedele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Vincent Gitz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Daud Kachamba

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Markku Kanninen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sandra Lavorel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cheikh Mbow

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ole Mertz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexandre Meybeck

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter Akong Minang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maurice Mugabowindekwe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Claudia Munera-Roldan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Emilia Pramova

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sheona Shackleton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Denis J. Sonwa

Center for International Forestry Research

Maria Lorena Soto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sylvie Wabbes Candotti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 7, 2022

Abstract

It is well established that forest conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of forests and trees outside forests can help to reduce the vulnerability of both humans and ecosystems to climate change. Yet the role of forests and trees in providing multiple goods and services that contribute to the adaptive capacity and resilience of social-ecological systems is only beginning to gain traction in climate policy and action. Climate change research and policy has overwhelmingly focused on the role of forests and trees in mitigation, neglecting the adaptation of societies that own and maintain the forests. We combined two different transformational adaptation frameworks, the Values, Rules and Knowledge framework (VRK) and the spheres of transformation framework to classify and analyse key principles and way they relate to transformational adaptation. We propose a conceptual typology of five overarching concepts and derive 10 organizing principles to address the shortcomings of current adaptation framing. The overarching concepts and key principles emphasize adaptive management, stakeholder involvement, and the need for multiple objectives, synergies and co-benefits. Various constraints are recognized, with institutional and governance barriers identified as the most severe obstacles to implementation. These key principles serve to define operational actions and guidelines specific to forests and trees for transformational adaptation. We discuss how these principles differ from more conventional sectoral and project-based approaches.

Keywords: climate change, transformation, adaptation, forest, trees, resilience

Suggested Citation

Djoudi, Houria and Dooley, Kate and Duchelle, Amy E. and Libert-Amico, Antoine and Locatelli, Bruno and Balinga, Michael Bessike and Brockhaus, Maria and Colloff, Matthew J. and Djenontin, Ida N. S. and Dirk, Cherie and Duguma, Lalisa and Baa, Ojong Enokenwa and Fedele, Giacomo and Gitz, Vincent and Kachamba, Daud and Kanninen, Markku and Lavorel, Sandra and Mbow, Cheikh and Mertz, Ole and Meybeck, Alexandre and Minang, Peter Akong and Mugabowindekwe, Maurice and Munera-Roldan, Claudia and Pramova, Emilia and Shackleton, Sheona and Sonwa, Denis J. and Soto Pinto, Maria Lorena and Wabbes Candotti, Sylvie, Leveraging the Power of Forests and Trees for Transformational Adaptation (November 7, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4268299 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4268299

Houria Djoudi (Contact Author)

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Kate Dooley

University of Melbourne ( email )

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Amy E. Duchelle

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Antoine Libert-Amico

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Bruno Locatelli

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Michael Bessike Balinga

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Maria Brockhaus

University of Helsinki ( email )

Matthew J. Colloff

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Ida N. S. Djenontin

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Cherie Dirk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lalisa Duguma

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Ojong Enokenwa Baa

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Giacomo Fedele

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Vincent Gitz

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Daud Kachamba

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Markku Kanninen

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Sandra Lavorel

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Cheikh Mbow

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Ole Mertz

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Alexandre Meybeck

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Peter Akong Minang

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Maurice Mugabowindekwe

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Claudia Munera-Roldan

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Emilia Pramova

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Sheona Shackleton

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Denis J. Sonwa

Center for International Forestry Research ( email )

Maria Lorena Soto Pinto

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Sylvie Wabbes Candotti

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