Ecosystem Services Modeling as Input to Assess the Role of Forests in Reducing Poverty and Enhancing Climate Resilience
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Two of the major challenges to Philippine sustainable development are climate change and persistent poverty. These are felt especially by those who depend heavily on natural resources for subsistence-based livelihoods. Forests, through the numerous ecosystem services they provide, can help communities increase their income and enhance climate resilience. However, an in-depth understanding of how these ecosystem services contribute and mutually reinforce both poverty reduction and climate resilience is still lacking.