Through observation of a deliberative process with stakeholders from the Swedish forestry sector, the authors investigate how participatory processes can contribute to learning on climate change and adaptation needs and options.

The findings suggest that the process led to increased individual learning among stakeholders, since it brought about changes in how participants expressed their perceptions, values and knowledge about climate change effects, vulnerability, and potential adaptation measures.

Stakeholders valued the process, calling for multi-level, multi-stakeholder arenas for knowledge sharing and collaboration on climate change and adaptation within the Swedish forestry sector. The authors point to the need to further explore how these approaches can be scaled up to promote mainstreaming of participatory learning for adaptation.

The chapter features in the volume The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change, published by Cambridge University Press.

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