IDD Guest seminar podcast: Policy integration and synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation in forest and agriculture

Speaker: Dr Monica Di Gregorio, University of Leeds

Climate change mitigation through reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and low emission agriculture are increasingly becoming important policy objectives in a number of developing and emerging countries. At the same time, in these countries climate change is impacting agricultural production and forest ecosystems putting ecosystem services and local livelihoods at risk. The forestry and agricultural sectors have substantial potential to benefit from addressing trade-offs and to deliver mutual benefits from policy integration of climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, so far little attention has been given to the interactions between the two climate change policy objectives: from global fundings mechanisms to national policies, climate change mitigation and adaptation largely tend to be dealt with separately, and at times are perceived as competing objectives.   

This study assesses the level of policy integration of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the forestry and agricultural sectors in Brazil and Indonesia, and explores barriers and opportunities to address trade-offs and achieve mutual benefits.   


Monica Di Gregorio is an environmental social scientist and a Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Governance at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Her current research focuses on climate change policy and politics in developing and emerging countries with a particular focus to the forestry and agricultural sectors. She has been working on REDD+ policies, natural resources governance and contentious environmental politics and development. Prior to joining SRI in 2011, she was a fellow in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a research analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) working on institutions and natural resource management.

The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone. View the full list of IDD Guest Seminar Series 2014/15.