Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Perspective, Framework and Priorities

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Interdepartmental Working Group on Climate Change
Created: 12/31/2006 -

Abstract

The croplands, pastures and forests that occupy 60 percent of the Earth’s surface are progressively being exposed to threats from increased climatic variability and, in the longer run, to climate change. Abnormal changes in air temperature and rainfall and resulting increases in frequency and intensity of drought and flood events have long-term implications for the viability of these ecosystems. As climatic patterns change, so also do the spatial distribution of agroecological zones, habitats, distribution patterns of plant diseases and pests, fish populations and ocean circulation patterns which can have significant impacts on agriculture and food production.

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Keywords

Scale
Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed
Agriculture
Fisheries
Forestry
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Diseases or parasites
Fishery harvest
Flooding
Precipitation