Table 10. Judgments of forest practitioners on the importance of options to adapt the present legal, institutional, and economic framework for forest conservation and sustainable management for each of three scenarios: “current climate conditions,” “low scenario of future climate change by the 2050s,” and “high scenario of future climate change by the 2050s.“ Scale of 1 to 10 (0 = no importance, 1 = low importance, 10 = high importance) or don’t know. Results shown are the average rank and standard deviation (s.d.) of participants who provided a ranking. The percentage of participants who agree or strongly agree with the statement “this management option is currently being practiced in the Yukon” is also provided. Adaptation options in bold are considered to be “no-regrets” (option is ranked 7 or higher across range of scenarios).

Adaptation Option Current Practice Current
Importance Considering Projected Change 2050s
Low Scenario High Scenario
(%) Average Rank
Average Rank
Average Rank
Provide long-term tenures. 10 4.9 (3.0) 5.0 (3.1) 5.3 (3.3)
Relax rules governing the movement of seed stocks from one area to another; examine options for modifying seed transfer limits and systems. 13 4.3 (2.8) 5.3 (3.1) 5.8 (3.4)
Provide incentives and remove barriers to enhancing carbon sinks and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 10 6.7 (2.8) 7.3 (2.6) 7.6 (2.7)
Provide opportunities for forest management activities to be included in carbon trading systems (as outlined in Article 3.4 of Kyoto Protocol). 3 4.8 (2.8) 5.3 (2.7) 5.5 (2.9)
Practice adaptive management—a management approach that rigorously combines management, research, monitoring, and means of changing practices to gain credible information and modify management activities by experience. 40 8.5 (2.1) 9.0 (1.4) 9.4 (1.0)
Measure, monitor, and report on indicators of climate change and sustainable forest management to determine the state of the forest and identify when critical thresholds are reached. 40 7.8 (2.5) 8.2 (2.2) 8.6 (2.0)
Evaluate the adequacy of existing environmental and biological monitoring networks for tracking the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems, identify inadequacies/gaps in these networks, and identify options to address them. 10 7.7 (2.8) 7.9 (2.5) 8.3 (2.5)
Support research on climate change, climate impacts, and climate adaptations and increase resources for basic climate change impacts and adaptation science. 74 8.0 (2.3) 8.4 (1.8) 8.7 (1.7)
Support knowledge exchange, technology transfer, capacity building, and information sharing on climate change; maintain or improve capacity for communications and networking. 77 8.2 (2.50 8.4 (2.1) 8.7 (1.9)
Incorporate new knowledge about the future climate and forest vulnerability into forest management plans and policies. 27 8.2 (2.4) 8.6 (1.9) 9.0 (1.6)
Involve the public in an assessment of forest management adaptation options. 63 7.4 (2.6) 7.7 (2.5) 7.8 (2.5)