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Title: Climate Change and Adaption/Mitigation (MYLAFF folder)
Description/subject: To access some files, users may have to take out a (free) subscription to MYLAFF at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mylaff
Language: English
Source/publisher: MYLAFF
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mylaff
Date of entry/update: 08 June 2016

Title: Climate change mitigation
Description/subject: "Climate change mitigation is action to decrease the intensity of radiative forcing in order to reduce the effects of global warming. In contrast, adaptation to global warming involves acting to tolerate the effects of global warming. Most often, climate change mitigation scenarios involve reductions in the concentrations of greenhouse gases, either by reducing their sources or by increasing their sinks. The UN defines mitigation in the context of climate change, as a human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases. Examples include using fossil fuels more efficiently for industrial processes or electricity generation, switching to renewable energy (solar energy or wind power), improving the insulation of buildings, and expanding forests and other "sinks" to remove greater amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The IAEA, an international organization using the UN flag and reporting to the UN, asserts that nuclear power belongs to the set of options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 August 2012

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Title: Mangroves as protection from storm surges in a changing climate (English)
Date of publication: 14 March 2016
Description/subject: Abstract: "Adaptation to climate change includes addressing sea level rise and increased storm surges in many coastal areas. Mangroves can substantially reduce the vulnerability of the adjacent coastal land from inundation and erosion. However, climate change poses a large threat to mangroves. This paper quantifies the coastal protection provided by mangroves for 42 developing countries in the current climate, and a future climate change scenario with a one-meter sea level rise and 10 percent intensification of storms. The benefits of the coastal protection provided by mangroves are measured in terms of population and gross domestic product at a reduced risk from inundation; the loss of benefits under climate change is measured as the increased population and gross domestic product at risk. The findings demonstrate that although sea level rise and increased storm intensity would increase storm surge areas and the amounts of built resources at risk, the greatest impact is the expected loss of mangroves. Under current climate and mangrove coverage, 3.5 million people and roughly $400 million in gross domestic product of are at risk. In the future climate change scenario, the vulnerable population and gross domestic product at risk would increase by 103 and 233 percent, respectively. The greatest risk is in East Asia, especially in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar"
Author/creator: Author Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Lange, Glenn-Marie;
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Bank
Format/size: pdf (849K)
Alternate URLs: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2016/03/26067772/mangroves-protection-storm-surges-changi...
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2016

Title: Land‐based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict: understanding intersections and linkages, exploring actions for change
Date of publication: May 2015
Description/subject: Authors: Carol Hunsberger, Esteve Corbera, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Romulo de la Rosa, Vuthy Eang, Jennifer C. Franco, Roman Herre, Sai Sam Kham, Clara Park, David Pred, Heng Sokheng, Max Spoor, Shwe Thein, Kyaw Thu, Ratha Thuon, Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Kevin Woods and Courtney Work..... Abstract: "Recent research highlights the potential for climate change mitigation projects and large- scale land deals to produce conflicts over land and resources. However, this literature generally views climate change policies and land grabbing as separate processes, and focuses on discrete areas where displacement or contested claims occur. We argue that additional research strategies are needed to understand the social and ecological spill-over effects that take place within larger areas where land-based climate change projects (e.g. biofuel production, forest conservation, or hydroelectric projects) and large land-based investments (e.g. plantations or mines) are found. We propose adopting a landscape perspective to study intersections and complex interactions within and across social, ecological and institutional domains. By co-producing knowledge with local actors, building capacity with civil society groups, and informing advocacy that targets policy processes at multiple scales, we suggest that such research could contribute to preventing, resolving or transforming conflicts – even in places where difficult political transitionLand ‐ based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict: understanding intersections and linkages, exploring actions for changes are underway"..... Keywords: Conflict, climate change mitigation, land grab, resource conflict, green grab, biofuel, REDD+
Author/creator: Carol Hunsberger et al
Language: English
Source/publisher: MOSAIC Research Project, International Institute of Social Studies, (Netherlands) RCSD, Chiangmai University)
Format/size: pdf (222K-reduced version; 330K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.iss.nl/fileadmin/ASSETS/iss/Research_and_projects/Research_networks/MOSAIC/CMCP_72-Hunsb...
Date of entry/update: 26 June 2015

Title: SECURING RIGHTS, COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE - How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change
Date of publication: August 2014
Description/subject: "...This report on community forest rights and climate change provides much-needed evidence at the global scale to demonstrate the tremendous potential for reducing emissions by strengthening communities’ forest rights. It analyzes examples from 14 forest-rich countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia that include over two thirds of all government-recognized community forests in low- and middle-income countries. The report also presents recommendations for the international community of world leaders, government officials, advocates, and others who, if they are seriously committed to finding a far-reaching and concrete climate change solution, will call upon forested nations to strengthen community rights in their forests. For too long this approach to mitigating climate change has not received the attention it deserves. We hope this report will turn that around and draw the world’s focus to the most important factor in turning the tide against climate change and saving the world’s forests: the Indigenous Peoples and local communities who depend on them..."
Author/creator: Caleb Stevens, Robert Winterbottom, Jenny Springer, Katie Reytar
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Resources Institute
Format/size: pdf (7MB-reduced version; 9MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.wri.org/sites/default/files/securingrights-full-report-english.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 June 2015