FTA Flagship 5: Forests, trees and agroforestry for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Project statusON-GOING
Project start2017-01-01
Project end2022-12-31

Deforestation and forest degradation produce 70 percent of tropical land-use emissions, and account for 10–11 percent of net global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But forests also absorb 4–6 gigatons of carbon annually, partly from fossil fuel emissions. The importance of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation has strongly been recognized in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015. Thus, the Paris Agreement and gaps therein set the stage for climate change research in FTA. We have designed Flagship 5 to address four research questions that divide our work into four themes: 1. How can we achieve effective land-based mitigation of climate change? 2. How can people and forests effectively adapt to climate change? 3. How can we sustainably produce bioenergy in developing countries? 4. How can we reliably assess the performance of policy and practice addressing these goals? Forests, trees and agroforestry ecosystem services are vital for the Paris mitigation goal to keep the warming of the earth’s temperature to below 2.0 or even 1.5°C. They support livelihoods of one billion people worldwide, and provide goods and services such as timber, energy, and tourism to billions of people more. With better adaptation to climate change, forest-dependent people, smallholder agroforestry farmers, and the world as a whole, become more resilient against climate shocks. Effective, cost-efficient and equitable (3E+) policies and practices make use of forests, trees and agroforestry resources and combine climate change mitigation and adaptation with economic development.

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