Forests provide Caribbean islands with critical ecological goods and services. Many rural communities are highly dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods including ecotourism services, production of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) and artisanal production of timber. It is recognised that the region’s forest resources are being impacted by climate change, however it is also understood that forest resources management is an essential component of climate adaptation and climate resilience strategies. There is, therefore, growing national, regional and international commitment to building the climate resilience of small island natural resources and livelihoods through, among other aspects, forest management initiatives.
To build the climate resilience of the Caribbean sub-region’s forest resources and associated rural livelihoods through the development of a FAO sub-regional strategy, with identified priorities for scaling up of initiatives and proposals to mobilise resources, and enhance readiness of sub-regional and national stakeholders.
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Please click here for the completed “Caribbean Strategy for Climate Resilient Forests and Rural Livelihoods”. Please note that this document is currently undergoing the formal FAO publishing process.