Comment on “Barriers to enhanced and integrated climate change adaptation and mitigation in Canadian forest management”1

Adam Wellstead*, Robbert Biesbroek, Paul Cairney, Debra Davidson, Johann Dupuis, Michael Howlett, Jeremy Rayner, Richard Stedman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We comment on the recent comprehensive review “Barriers to enhanced and integrated climate change adaptation and mitigation in Canadian forest management” by Williamson and Nelson (2017, Can. J. For. Res. 47: 1567–1576, doi:10.1139/cjfr-2017-0252). They employ the popular barriers analysis approach and present a synthesis highlighting the numerous barriers facing Canadian forest managers. The underlying functionalist assumptions of such an approach are highly problematic from both a scholarly and a practical policy perspective. We argue that social scientists engaged in climate change research who want to influence policy-making should understand and then empirically apply causal mechanisms. Methods such as process tracing and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) are promising tools that can be employed in national-or local-level assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1241-1245
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume48
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Mechanisms
  • Mitigation
  • Policy

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