Community Forestry for Adaptation to Climate Change

Fast Facts

When: 19 – 24 August 2013

Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Enrollment Deadline: 19 July 2013

Course Fee: US$ 1,600 per person

Course Focus

There is a vast opportunity for community forestry to strengthen national resilience to climate change through supporting livelihoods and income, increasing food security and production, leveraging social capital and knowledge, reducing disaster risks, and regulating microclimates.

The importance of forests and local forest management is not only determined by where people reside within rural landscapes. In many ways it is also affected by changing socio-economic and environmental conditions and policies that may restrict access to forests or encourage devolved forest management. Rural people have always adapted to opportunities and constraints by adjusting their livelihood strategies. The impacts of climate change may not unfold exactly as predicted. In fact, our knowledge on the magnitude and the direction of change is still limited. Yet, it is nearly certain that changes will occur, and that some changes are already underway. In light of these changes, the need for planned and anticipatory adaptation is great.

To realize this opportunity, there is a pressing need to learn more about the relationship between community forestry and adaptation, and to build the skills needed to put this learning into practice. In response to this need, RECOFTC in collaboration with ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) has developed the ‘Community Forestry for Adaptation to Climate Change’ training course.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of climate change adaptation and its relationship to forests;
  • Link climate change adaptation to sustainable livelihood frameworks;
  • Use a basic framework for assisting communities to conduct local level vulnerability assessments;
  • Select appropriate tools for facilitating participatory assessment processes; and
  • Work together with community members to develop strategic options for addressing impacts from climate change.

Who Should Join?

  • Climate Change field practitioners
  • Field managers
  • Field facilitators working on community based natural resource management
  • Project managers working with natural disaster issues
  • Any other professionals working to implement community forestry

Participants should have substantial experience with practical field work and participatory processes, in addition to proficiency in written and spoken English. To maximize the learning effectiveness, the course will accommodate up to 25 participants only.

Course Content

The course will draw on the shared experience of the trainers and participants in community forestry and adaptation, covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to climate change adaptation;
  • The relationship between climate change adaptation and forests;
  • The livelihood approach to climate change adaptation;
  • Community-based adaptation;
  • Climate vulnerability and resilience assessments and tools;
  • Options and strategies for community forestry adaptation;
  • Enabling environments for climate change adaptation in community forestry; and
  • Field exercise preparation.

As a part of this course, a one-day field trip will be organized to observe and discuss community forestry in the field.


Experienced trainers from RECOFTC and local trainers will facilitate the course activities.

To book your place in this course or for more information, please contact:

Tomi Haryadi
ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Project Officer
RECOFTC—The Center for People and Forests
PO Box 1111 Kasetsart Post Office, Bangkok10903, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)2 940 5700 Ext. 3220 Fax: +66 (0)2 561 4880


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