Mitigation Needs Adaptation: Tropical Forestry and Climate Change

Mitigation Needs Adaptation: Tropical Forestry and Climate Change


This paper examines how tropical forestry practices can contribute to maintaining and enhancing the ability of forests to adapt to global climate change. It considers challenges and opportunities for the integration of tropical forest management in broader methods of adaptation to climate change.

Conclusions & Takeaways

The authors examine the need for reassessing current reforestation practices due to changes in climate and climate variability in tropical forest regions. They also identify obstacles and opportunities for integrating tropical forest management in broader climate change adaptation.




Guariguata MR, Cornelius JP, Locatelli B, Forner C, G. Sanchez-Azofeifa A. Mitigation needs adaptation: Tropical forestry and climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 2008;13:793–808. doi:10.1007/s11027-007-9141-2.


  • Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia
  • Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
  • CIRAD UPR Forest Resources, Montpellier, France, and Global Change Group, CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica
  • Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bonn, Germany
  • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada