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PROJECT TITLE

The Adaptation of Asia-Pacific Forests to Climate Change

EXECUTING AGENCY

Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PARTNERS

  • Environmental Canada
  • BC Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
  • US Forest Services
  • University of Melbourne  
  • Chinese Academy of Forestry
  • Jiangxi Agricultural University
  • Nanjing Forestry University
  • Research Institute of Insect Resources, China

DURATION

36 months, 1 Nov 2011-31 Oct 2014

PROJECT SITES LOCATION

 

GOAL

The project aims to develop adaptive strategies that will facilitate an increase in the resilience of forests and forest-dependent communities in the Asia-Pacific region to climate change by applying state-of-the-art technologies and analytical approaches from climate modelling, geospatial analysis and sustainable forest management.

OBJECTIVES

  • Analysis of the current status of climate change studies in forest ecosystems and forest dependent communities in the Asia-Pacific region to identify knowledge gaps and define working hypotheses;
  • Development of high-resolution climate models for western North America and the entire Asia-Pacific region;
  • Development of ecological models to predict impacts of climate change on distributions of three major forest trees(Chinese fir/ Cunninghamia Lanceolata; Eucalyptus(E. urophylla and E. grandis), in the Asia-Pacific region; and Douglas-fir/ Pseudotsuga menziesii in North America;
  • Development of science-based adaptation strategies in management practices that will increase the resilience of forests and forest-dependent communities in the Asia-Pacific region to climate change, including specific recommendations for the pilot study sites;
  • Establishment of a network of scientists, forest practitioners and policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region that will facilitate capacity building and knowledge transfer, and will support and strengthen decision-making over forest management responses to climate change;
  • Development of scientific tools to support scientific research and policy making for regional forest rehabilitation and afforestation in a changing climate.

ACTIVITIES

  • Analysis of current knowledge on impacts of climate on forests in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Development and application of high-resolution climate models ClimateWNA and ClimateAP
  • Development of ecological models
  • Pilot study and development of recommendations for SFM practices for adaptation
  • Communication, network building and technology transfer
  • Development of web-based climate tools for APFNet

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  • A report analyzing current knowledge on climate change studies in forest ecosystems and forest dependent communities in this region.
  • High-resolution climate models that can generate climate data for any location in the region for historical years (1901‒2010) and future periods (2020s, 2050s and 2080s). High-resolution climate maps including some important climate variables, such as mean annual temperature, mean annual precipitation, arid index and growing degree-days, for the entire region.
  • Ecological models that predict impacts of climate change on major tree species distributions (Chinese fir; Eucalyptus; and Douglas-fir). Maps of predicted shifts in suitable climatic conditions for these major marketable tree species will be provided for various climate change scenarios.
  • SFM recommendations to increase the resilience of forests and forest-dependent communities in the Asia-Pacific region to climate change.
  • A network that connects scientists, forest managers and policy makers in the region to share information, knowledge and new research products.
  • Web-based scientific tools for regional forest rehabilitation and afforestation including interactive climate models, climate maps, bioclimate maps for major ecosystems and some important tree species.

Attachments:

pdfClimate change and forestry in the Asia-pacific region.pdf6.61 MB

pdfClimate Change and Forestry Policy in the Asia-Pacific.pdf3.91 MB