Community Forestry for Adaptation to Climate Change

Community Forestry for Adaptation to Climate Change

Training course on building the resillience of forest communities

Climate change threatens the already vulnerable livelihoods of the 450 million forest-dependent people in Asia and the Pacific. Even with mitigation efforts, the rising seas, extreme weather events, and increased droughts and floods caused by climate change will worsen existing problems of food insecurity and water.


Community forestry helps build the resilience of local communities by improving their access to additional sources of income, food, and other resources. If well-managed, forests provide indispensible environmental services. Apart from storing carbon, they protect watersheds and provide a buffer against landslides, floods, and other natural disasters, all of which are expected to increase with rising global temperatures.


Aims and Objectives

This training will provide background on climate change vulnerability and adaptation, and will explore how community forestry can address the risks climate change presents. It will introduce fundamental participatory tools that can assist local communities in climate change adaptation.


This course will enable you to:

  • Use a basic framework for assisting communities in conducting local-level vulnerability assessments and evaluating capacity to adapt
  • Select appropriate tools for facilitating the participatory assessment process
  • Work together with community members to develop scenarios and strategic options for addressing the impacts of climate change
  • Link climate change vulnerability assessments to sustainable livelihood frameworks

Who Should Attend?

Practitioners, managers, and facilitators who do fieldwork on community-based natural resource management and natural disaster management. Participants should have substantial experience with practical fieldwork and participatory processes.


Course Contents

  • Addressing vulnerability to climate change: Introduction to types of adaptation; using community forestry as a tool; assessing community weaknesses
  • Framework for assessing vulnerability and capacity to adapt: Climate change risk analysis and management
  • Tools for assessments of vulnerability and capacity to adapt: Practical steps to analyze a community's weaknesses to future scenarios of climate change impacts
  • Developing an adaptation strategy: Components of adaptation strategies; integrating strategies into development projects

Course Length

This course can range from 6 to 10 days. The 10-day course includes fieldwork.