Mitigation and Adaptation: Managing Forest Conflicts in the Context of Climate Change

Fast Facts

When: 9 – 13 December 2013

Where: Bangkok, Thailand; Siem Riep, Cambodia

Enrollment Deadline: 30 October 2013

Course Fee: USD 1,600 per person

Course Focus

Climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts can increase the risk for conflict over forests and land, particularly when new policies affect tenure arrangements and rights. Newly introduced climate-related measures have led to increased claims over forests and land. Especially with the expected progress of REDD+ in the coming years, attention must be paid to multiple stakeholder interests, and the potential conflicts that may arise over forestlands.

This five-day course explores this nexus of forestry and conflict management in the context of climate change. Putting people at the heart of forest management, the course aims to build the capacity of forest sector stakeholders and conflict management practitioners to prevent and manage conflict in support of community forestry development.

Course Objectives

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

  • Explain the scope and nature of conflicts regarding natural resource management, including impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation; 
  • Analyze natural resource management conflict;
  • Assess and develop strategies for managing conflict and options presented by mitigation and adaptation measures; and
  • Communicate, mediate, and negotiate to build long-lasting agreements.

Who Should Join?

Representatives from government, NGOs, industry, and academia who are:

  • Involved in the design and implementation of forestry related climate change policy
  • Conflict management or climate change practitioners
  • Fluent in English

Course Content

The course will be built around the following pillars:

  • Understanding the context of conflict in community forestry in Southeast Asia;
  • Defining and analyzing forest conflict and the risks of conflict emerging from climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts;
  • Developing alternative approaches to conflict management, and increasing capacity in negotiation and mediation.

A wide range of methods will be used, including examination of case studies, group discussions, role-play, expert presentations, and a field visit to a site where climate change mitigation is piloted.


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:

Ms. Leela Wuttikraibundit
RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests
PO Box 1111 Kasetsart Post Office Bangkok 10903, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)2 940 5700 Ext. 1234   Fax: +66 (0)2 561 4880


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