Making African Forests Fit for Climate Change
A key finding of the Global Assessment Report on Forest Adaptation prepared in the frame of the CPF Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) was that the amount and quality of globally available scientific information varies significantly among regions. The particular impacts of change and the appropriate adaptive responses are local, and hence there is a need for adaptation reports to be tailored to regional areas.
Therefore, GFEP and the IUFRO Special Programme for Developing Countries (IUFRO-SPDC) initiated in autumn 2009 the preparation of a regional policy brief "Making African Forests Fit for Climate Change" in collaboration with the thematic group "Forest and climate change” of the Forestry Research Network for Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA). The policy brief is based on a detailed analysis of relevant information contained in the global assessment report and more than 250 additional literature references identified by the African experts. It aims to contribute to the development of effective adaptation strategies in Africa and facilitate related international efforts.
The policy brief "Making African Forests Fit for Climate Change" was formally presented at the 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity, held from 10 to 21 May 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya.