Workshop on Strategies and Approaches for Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate (July 11-12, 2013)

Updated:2014/3/6 11:32:26

 

Background

Climate change is one of the most important threats to the capacity of forest landscapes to provide ecological, economic and social services in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, the potential of forests to mitigate climate change also represents a major opportunity for the forest sector. Forest ecosystems can either serve as a carbon sink or carbon source depending on their level of health and their resilience to climate change. However, there is remarkably little evidence that science-based decision-making processes are being incorporated into forest management practices in the region. As a result, considerable uncertainty exists over management policies aimed at enabling forests and forest-dependent communities to adapt to climate change.

The research project “Adaptation of Asia-Pacific Forests to Climate Change” sponsored by APFNet and led by Faculty of Forestry, UBC, has been applying state-of-the-art technologies and analytical approaches from climate modeling, geospatial analysis, and sustainable forest management to develop essential tools for climate change adaptation. Using tools developed in this project and pilot field studies carried out by a research network, the research team has been developing adaptive strategies and recommendations for sustainable forest management practices in the Asia-Pacific region. As the fifth APFNet workshop under the training stream of Forestry and Rural Development since 2009, this workshop aims to take the advantages of the expertise of this project team to conduct training on methodologies and approaches to conduct research and applications for forest adaptation to climate change from a practical perspective. The tools developed through this project will also be introduced including a high-resolution climate model ClimateAP (climate model for the Asia Pacific Region) and several ecological and carbon dynamic models. Recommendations forest management practices through integration of different models will also be discussed using a pilot site as examples.

 

Objectives

- Review the current status of climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in Asia Pacific region

  through sharing information among the participants;

- Learn the essential methodologies and approaches to conduct research and applications for forest

  adaptation to climate change;

- Learn how to use the tools that are developed by the UBC project team that are essential for conducting

  climate change related studies and for predicting impacts of climate change on forest tree species

  distributions, productivities and carbon dynamics; 

- Discuss possible recommendations through an integration of different model predictions and observed

  interactions between forest management practices and climate change at a pilot site to optimize forest

  management practices for adaptation to climate change.

- Build a network that connects scientists, forest managers and policy makers will facilitate information

  sharing and knowledge.


 List of Experts invited

> Dr. Baozhang Chen

Dr. Brad Seely

Dr. Craig Nitschke

Dr. Guangyu Wang

> Mr. Jack woods

> Dr. John Innes

Dr. Peter Marshall

Dr. Qinglin Li

> Ms. Rosalie McConnell (Facilitator)

> Dr. Sally Aitken

Dr. Tongli Wang



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