Community forestry-based climate change adaptation: a practitioner’s brief
In 2014, the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific (USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific) teamed up with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests to establish a demonstration site in the Bishnupur community of Sarlahi district of Nepal, on planning, financing and implementing community forestry-based climate change adaptation (CF-CCA).
The primary objective of the demonstration site, which is under the direction of the community’s women-led Community Forestry User Group (CFUG), is to promote learning and replication regarding the intersection of community forestry (CF), integrated climate change adaptation and women’s empowerment. Activities at the site involve assessing vulnerabilities through participatory approaches, identifying CF-CCA interventions, understanding locally available financial and technical support for adaptation, developing proposals for priority interventions and implementing interventions through the CFUG. The women-led CFUG participates in all program activities, and therefore benefits accrue directly to women with general benefits to the community as a whole.
Through these activities, a framework has been developed for community-driven assessment of climate change vulnerability centered on the community forestry landscape. The framework provides a methodology for understanding local financing options as well as prioritizing and designing adaptation interventions. The present document presents a brief best practice overview of this CF-CCA framework for others interested in replicating the methodology, providing examples from RECOFTC’s experience piloting the framework in the Bishnupur community.