Vulnerability and Impacts of Climate Change on the Forestry Sector
This report focuses on the vulnerability patterns of the forestry sector in Silago, Southern Leyte, Philippines. Leyte Island has diverse ecosystems that are increasingly threatened due to the clearing of forests for commercial and marginal upland agriculture, and non-timber plantation establishment. Still the forest throughout the island provide critical resources for commercial and subsistence use.
Goals & Methods
This study seeks to quantify land cover change from 2000 - 2009 in order to inform the management and use of forest resources. The study used remote sensing and GIS in order to assess the extent of deforestation and forest cover fragmentation in Silago landscape. The study also examined climatic vulnerability and impact chains for the forestry sector.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The report notes that wood production on the island is insufficient for the needs of the people and summarizes recent reforestation efforts there. The authors conclude that the remaining forest land in Silago present viable alternatives to income for locals involved in forest conservation and protection. Due to this, REDD+ activities could be beneficial yet the authors warn the poorly planned initiatives will negatively affect local livelihoods.
World Agroforestry Center. Vulnerability and Impacts of Climate Change on the Forestry Sector. Laguna, Philippines.
- World Agroforestry Center