CRiSTAL Forests – Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods focus on forests and ecosystems
The Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods focus on forests and ecosystems (CRiSTAL Forests) is a decision-support tool that helps project planners and managers design activities that support adaptation to climate variability and change in forest-dependent communities.
CRiSTAL Forests targets project planners and managers working at the local or community level. It relies on information collected from desk-based review and stakeholder consultations at the local level (community and other local experts) using participatory methods.
Key questions addressed:
- How could current and potential future climate hazards affect a project area, its forests, ecosystem services, and local livelihoods?
- How can communities respond to the current and potential direct and indirect impacts of climate hazards?
- Which ecosystem services are most affected by current climate hazards and which ones are most important for the response strategies?
- How do project activities affect access to, or availability of, critical ecosystem services?
- What project adjustments can be made to support climate adaptation and reduce climate risks?
- What is the potential of activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in REDD+ schemes?
Sample data inputs:
- Livelihood activities
- Forest characteristics
- Ecosystem services
- Current and potential climate change impacts
- Community responses to climate impacts
Sample quantitative outputs:
- Climate risks to ecosystems and livelihoods
- Proposed adjustments to existing projects
- Prioritized new activities to support climate adaptation
- Proposed actions for reducing greenhouse gases
- Preliminary assessment of requirements for REDD+ participation
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