Changing Climates and Building Resiliency

The Climate Change Response Framework

Forest Adaptation Resources

The Forest Adaptation Resources builds on the latest understanding on climate change impacts and options for adaptation, utilizing the combined expertise of scientists, land managers, and climate change adaptation specialists. Since its initial release in 2012, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science has worked with hundreds of public, private, and tribal land managers to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management and conservation activities using the Adaptation Workbook and other materials contained in the Forest Adaptation Resources.

Agroforestry: Enhancing Resiliency in U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions

This technical report presents the first-ever synthesis on agroforestry as a mechanism to provide mitigation and adaptation services in the face of a changing climate. With contributions from more than 50 experts from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, this report draws upon recent science and shows how tree-based management strategies can improve agricultural production and resiliency.

Chapters include:

  • Reducing Threats and Enhancing Resiliency
  • Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Accounting
  • Valuation of Agroforestry Services
  • Human Dimensions of Agroforestry Systems
  • Agroforestry Resources
  • Expanding the North American Perspective—Canada
  • Expanding the North American Perspective—Mexico
  • Challenges and Opportunities

Urban Resilience Research Network

Four PhD students from very different backgrounds, institutes, and countries found themselves debating why they had such different perspectives on urban resilience during the International Resilience Conference (Arizona State University, March 2011).

A few months later, one of them proposed that they organize an international workshop in order to address the various meanings and perspectives of resilience thinking as applied to urban systems and set a common research framework. In November 2011, they held the First International Workshop on Urban Resilience in Barcelona, and based on its success they edited a book and launched a network of researchers interested in this discussion.

In 2012 the first book entitled “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Resilience was published and the Urban Resilience Research Network blog was launched.

Adaptation Workbook

What to Expect

This online Adaptation Workbook has been modified from the print versions that are available for forests and agriculture to be more interactive and self-guided. There are downloadable resources and examples to accompany every step of the process. You’ll be asked to input very basic information about your project area and more detailed information about your management goals and objectives. The Workbook will generate information about potential climate change impacts for your general region, and you’ll be asked to use your own judgment and expertise to consider how broad impacts might play out on your particular property. Then you’ll think critically about your property goals and objectives and decide if they are still robust to potential climate change. Next, the Workbook will help you brainstorm and evaluate a list of custom actions that can help adapt to expected conditions, and you’ll finish the process by developing a monitoring plan to determine if your actions were effective.

The Workbook is not intended to provide specific guidance or replace other forms of management planning. Rather, it relies on the experience and expertise of natural resource professionals and landowners and is meant to complement existing management planning and decision-making systems.

Book “Food and Democracy: Introduction to Food Sovereignty”

The book “Food and Democracy: Introduction to Food Sovereignty”, published by Polish Green Network, is a collection of articles, written by renowned experts, on various aspects of food sovereignty. The articles present the biggest challenges related to feeding the world in the XXI century, explain the need for the participatory democracy in dealing with the problem of hunger, and show how the principles of food sovereignty could be realized along the food chain, starting with access to land, then on a farm, and in a local economy. Achieving food sovereignty means creating a sustainable and socially just world where people’s voices matter. The hope of the publisher is that this book, which is just a small introduction to the topic, will be an interesting source of knowledge and an inspiration to action. This book has been published with the financial assistance of the European Union and International Visegrad Fund. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Polish Green Network and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union. *This information was copied from here.

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