Climate Change and the Role of Forests

A Community Manual

The participation of indigenous peoples and local communities is crucial to the successful development and implementation of REDD+ mechanisms. The Community Manual presents basic information on climate change oriented toward audiences in communities to help provide information needed by indigenous peoples and other local communities to participate more effectively in planning and decision-making as REDD+ activities are planned and tested.

The topics covered include the basics of how and why climate is changing, the carbon cycle and the role of forests in climate processes; climate policy; ecosystem services and finally the basic information on the discussion in progress for a REDD+ mechanism and some of the ways being proposed for REDD+ to mitigate climate change and to bring benefits to assist both countries and communities to develop sustainably and adapt to climate change, while maintaining healthy ecosystems. 

Climate Change & the Role of Forests: A Community Manual is part of a series of products created to provide training to indigenous peoples' organizations and local NGOs to support their efforts to bring information to indigenous peoples and local communities on the basics of climate change and REDD+.  Other products include the Training of Trainers Manual and a Training Toolkit.

The manual and other materials were piloted in collaboration with CI-Guyana and the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development in Guyana in November 2009 and April 2010, with participants from local communities, indigenous peoples' organizations, local government agencies, and local NGOs. The participants' feedback was incorporated into the final products.


For more information on the full range of Training of Trainers Materials, contact:

Susan Stone
Senior Advisor, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program
Conservation International
(703) 341-2713

Portuguese, Chinese and Bahasa translations will be available for download soon.

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      Climate; Indigenous; REDD+; Forests; Communities