Transformational adaptation with forests and trees: securing rights and accessing finance at the local level
This fishbowl dialogue will bring together voices from academia, civil society and forest communities to discuss going beyond business-as-usual, incremental adaptation to promote just climate action and transformational adaptation. Climate change is already impacting every region of the world. However, some communities are impacted more than others due to risk factors such as exposure (e.g. coastal communities exposed to sea-level rise and hydrometeorological extremes, arid regions, mountain slopes) and vulnerability (e.g. structural exclusion, limited access and capacities). These communities tend to be those that have contributed the less to climate change. Ecosystem-based adaptation recognizes nature as a key ally in adapting to climate change, and forests and trees are at the core of land-based approaches to climate adaptation. A rights-based approach to forest-based climate solutions implies promoting equitable access to the ecosystem services generated by forests and trees, addressing structural inequities hindering sustainable forest-based livelihoods, and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, women, youth and others who face barriers to adaptation and to access to climate finance.