Developing Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Forest Systems
The annual report describes the third year activities of the ‘Tropical Forests and Climate Change Adaptation’ (TroFCCA) project. The report, which covers the period from August 2007 to 31 August 2008, highlights the activities undertaken in accordance with the plans for year 3 and the financial transactions accompanying those activities.
The primary objective of TroFCCA is to contribute to national processes of adaptation to climate change, particularly by streamlining adaptation into national development processes through the assessment of vulnerability and the identification of adaptation strategies for the prioritised forest-based development sectors in the different regions. The project is implemented in eight countries across three continents: Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali in West Africa; Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua in Central America; and Indonesia and the Philippines in South East Asia.
The project comprises three phases, each with a central theme guiding the implementation of the overall project objective. The phases are surrounded by activities that stretch over more than one year; thus there are overlapping activities in phases 1 and 2 and also in phases 2 and 3. The third year report covers activities of phases 2 and 3.Other cross-phases activities also covered in this report are capacity building, development of climate scenarios, visibility and outreach actions, network and policy analysis, a science–policy dialogue process, and the consolidation of relations with partners etc. The main activity of the third year was the selection of pilot sites for testing the methodologies for vulnerability assessment, including identification and screening of adaptation strategies.
The report provides highlights of project status and current progress and gives a summary of the actual realisation versus the planned activities for the period. The progress made in each of the 12 steps of the methodology guiding the implementation of the project is also documented in the report. There is a discussion on the approach to the development of adaptation strategies that constitutes the central theme of phase 3, the last phase of the project following pilot studies in participatory testing of the methodologies for vulnerability assessment of the prioritised development sectors linked to the forest. Changes in the composition of the various teams are also described including communications and visibility actions. There were significant contributions from the project to scientific meetings, the Thirteenth Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, etc including the organisation of special sessions at two international meetings on tropical forests and climate change adaptation. Activities with partners and collaborations with other institutions brought a high measure of success during this period and they are discussed. In continuation of phase 3, project activities planned for year 4 are shown.
Included is a section on each region, highlighting the activities implemented and their contributions to each output target. The great achievement in capacity building through graduate students research programmes are covered in the regional reports. As an indication of the status and realisations of the project, there is a summary table of the progress made so far for each of the output targets. Finally, there is a financial report summarising the expenditures in year 3 and the budget requirements for year 4.