Coastal forests, such as mangroves, beach forests and plantations, should be included as part of the integrated approach to mitigate tsunami-induced disasters and climate change impacts in the coasts. Nevertheless, there is little understanding how the natural sub-system and the human sub-system interact and can be better integrated to adapt to climate change impact, in particular, from a cross-country comparative perspective. The project examined policy impact on coastal forest management and community-based forest management, including local knowledge to recommend best practices of coastal forest management, integration with human settlement planning and facilities to strengthen community resilience to climate change impacts. It also assessed potential benefits of coastal forests in adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in addition to local livelihoods in food, medicines, construction and spiritual needs. The comparative perspective addressed how different countries and local communities facing a common challenge manage coastal forests and harness the regulating service of forests in adapting to climate change impacts under similar biophysical conditions, but different socio-economic contexts. The project conducted policy reviews and case studies research in vulnerable coastal communities of three countries, namely the Philippines (Bohol and Palawan Province), Myanmar (Ayeyawady Delta) and Japan (Okinawa), assessed the effectiveness of bottom-up approaches, extracted lessons and identified needs of relevant policies for coastal forest management. The results of three country studies are compared and synthesized as a solid basis for policy recommendations and developing a wider network of coastal forest management beyond participating countries.