Thinking beyond the canopy

Approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2003

The following policy applies to CIFOR Board members travelling on CIFOR business, effective 1 January 2004.


  • Honoraria will be USD 350 per day for meeting days and approved reading days (one per meeting). The same honoraria will apply to all Board members.

  • The Board Chair may claim honoraria for up to 10 additional days every year for non-Board meetings that are related to CIFOR work. All payments beyond those for meetings are to be reported to the Board of Trustees.

En route allowance

  • CIFOR will pay US $75 per day for full or partial travel days, based on the most direct routing.

Travel expenses

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses will in general be based upon the conditions which apply to the Director General and senior staff. CIFOR will meet the cost of return air fares at business class or equivalent.

Per diem

  • CIFOR will meet the cost of accommodation (room only), plus the portion of the UN per diem applicable to meals and incidentals for each location.

  • Travel claims should be submitted within 14 days of the completion of a journey.

  • It is expected that Board members should stay at first class hotels, but it would be unusual for CIFOR to reimburse costs of suites or luxury or deluxe hotel rooms.

Spouse travel

  • CIFOR will provide one business class round-trip ticket every three years, with members being able to credit their business class entitlement to economy or excursion tickets to allow spouse travel in other years. No other expenses or per diems are payable for spouse travel.