Topic outline

  • This course explores the role of forests and trees in Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). It takes into consideration the ecosystem services and goods that forests provide, and the importance of forests for the food security of forest-dependent people. It explores the complex relationship between climate change and forests, and how adaptation and mitigation measures can benefit forests, forest-dependent people, and global climate change. The synergies and trade-offs involved in climate-smart forest management are also considered.

    • System Requirements

      The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of Chrome and Safari. In order to access this course on Internet Explorer or Firefox, you must install and enable Adobe Flash player.

      The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

      • Audience

        This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective. It is designed for a range of stakeholders. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking this course include: 

        • Policy-makers 
        • Development practitioners and programme managers 
        • Sectoral specialists and academics 
        • Trainers and extension agents
        • You will learn about

          • Relevant concepts, especially sustainable forest management 
          • Areas of intervention for climate smart forestry – livelihoods and food security, vulnerability and resilience and deforestation and forest degradation 
          • The steps needed to integrate a climate-smart forestry approach into the plan and practices of any forest management unit 
          • The role of forest monitoring and national forest monitoring systems 
          • The elements that can create an enabling environment for the adoption of climate-smart forestry management practices and approaches

          • Course structure

            The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 30 to 35 minutes duration each: 

            Lesson 1 – Introduction to climate-smart forestry 

            Lesson 2 – Elements of climate-smart forestry 

            Lesson 3 – Climate-smart forestry in practice 

            Lesson 4 – Creating an enabling environment for climate-smart forestry

            • Partners