"The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term.
FAO is publishing these guidelines to support forest managers in responding to climate change challenges and opportunities at the forest management unit level. Articulating specific goals and objectives for climate change can assist forest managers to incorporate climate change considerations into forest management plans and practices. These guidelines will also be of interest to a wider range of stakeholders concerned about forests and climate change.
The guidelines are complementary to the FAO publication Climate change for forest
policy-makers, which sets out an approach for integrating climate change into national
forest programmes to support sustainable forest management. Countries are invited to
use the two documents and to adapt them, as necessary, to fit national and subnational