Author Archives: Forests Asia

Credit Suisse Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking, Mark Burrows, delivers a keynote speech during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 at Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Financier: Private money to invest in ‘green economy’ waiting to be unlocked

JAKARTA, Indonesia — More than enough private capital is available for green growth initiatives, including forest projects, but a lack of political will has blocked investors from unleashing much-needed finances, Credit Suisse Managing Director and Vice Chairman Mark Burrows said at an international conference Tuesday. Lack of financing has been cited as a major setback in the…

Brunei's Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Dato Pehin Yahya Bakar, delivers a speech during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Brunei commits to cap agricultural land use at 1 percent

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Brunei Darussalam will limit its agricultural land use to one percent, a government minister pledged this week, saying that the tiny country on the island of Borneo has “strong political will” to conserve its forests. Brunei is about the size of Bangkok, but three-quarters of its land area is covered in forest,…

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A Chat With: Peg Putt on ‘decoupling’ economic growth to save climate

By Julie Mollins JAKARTA, Indonesia (CIFOR) — The concept of “green growth” is an oxymoron, said a delegate involved in discussions about how Asia might best shift to a green economy at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia. We must decouple economic growth from material consumption and the use and abuse of natural resources, urged…

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Key Recommendations: Youth in Southeast Asia

Monday 5 May, 2014 Jakarta, Indonesia Download the pdf here. At the Forests Asia Summit on Monday May 5, CIFOR, the International Forestry Students Association and YPARD brought together youth from Southeast Asia to identify new ways of tackling major forestry issues and how youth can help drive such solutions forward. Youth were split into…

A Lubuk Beringin villager, Siti Bainor, shows a palm nut fruit at Lubuk Beringin vaillage, Bungo district, Jambi province, Indonesia. Photo by Tri Saputro for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Are we neglecting people’s importance?

Does climate change not matter? Are we still neglecting the importance of people? Both of these questions are constantly discussed in countries worldwide, and they create cooperation too. However, it’s not only cooperation that is necessary, but also participation — particularly participation from people, not only from the government, related organizations, and NGOs. Transparency must…

Teak (Tectona grandis) forest in Bojonegoro, East Java, Indonesia, September 2011. Photo by Johanna Ernawati/ Bobo Magazine for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Teak plantations to improve livelihoods of forestry smallholders

Teak (Tectona grandis) is a symbol of high-quality timber in the forestry industry. It describes the luxury of the kraton (Javanese palace); not everyone can have teak timber in their homes. Even though the demand for teak is increasing, the price of the timber is still good. The value of teak lies in the durability…

Kichwa community listens to Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) scientists informing them of their results, Napo Province, Ecuador. Photo by Tomas Munita (CIFOR)

Sustainable forest management: Let people play their role!

“I believe in logic, but for managing the forest and creating beautiful landscapes, we must put our heart in it,” says Jatna Supriatna from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Those words really touched my heart during a discussion on “Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development” on the second day of the…

Peter Holmgren introducing the Top Twenty Questions about Forestry project, or T20Q.

Top 20 Questions: A golden opportunity for youth

On the second day of the Forests Asia Summit, Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) Director General Peter Holmgren introduced the Top Twenty Questions for Forestry, or T20Q. T20Q is a global project that will allow participants to have their say about important issues in forestry. From May to October 2014, ideas will be collected…

A dead tree in a hydropower reservoir in Quang Nam province, Vietnam, that forms part of a protected forest area. Credit: Hoang Hao Tra My

Hydropower and deforestation: An unexpected linkage or an obvious one?

Mekong Basin areas have seen a dramatic increase in the number of hydropower dams in operation or under construction (Middleton, 2012), which has caused many problems not only within certain countries but also to their neighbor countries. As a result of hydropower dams, large areas of forest have been flooded with water. It is clear…