Canadian Forest Service Publications

A framework for assessing climate change vulnerability of the Canadian forest sector. 2007. Johnston, M.H.; Williamson, T.B. Forestry Chronicle 83(3): 358-361.

Year: 2007

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 27357

Language: English

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We present a framework for assessing the vulnerability of the Canadian forest sector to climate variability and change. The framework includes factors of exposure, system sensitivity and adaptive capacity, which are applied to the Canadian forest sector. We summarize sources of exposure and sensitivities of the Canadian forest sector and then address the adaptive capacity of forest management and forest-based communities. We suggest that the adaptive capacity of the forest sector is likely to be high, but needs to be rigorously tested. We conclude by advocating a national forest sector vulnerability assessment, and emphasize that this needs to be an inclusive, stakeholder-driven process.