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FAO Releases Paper on Forests and Climate Change in the Near East

January 2011:  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a Working Paper on forests and climate change in the Near East region.

The Working Paper, the ninth of the series,  provides an overview of the actual and potential impact of climate change on forests and forest-dependent people in the Near East region. It discusses adaptation of the region's forest ecosystem, and lists mitigation opportunities in the forestry sector.

The Paper makes several recommendations, including: establishing a regional network of pilot projects on forest adaptation measures; developing more flexible policies and legal frameworks to restore and adapt communal management systems and forest property regimes; and developing effective forest landscape restoration and afforestation plans. It further recommends that climate change adaptation and mitigation be integrated in all development strategies and policies. [FAO Working Paper]