Author Archives: Forests Asia

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Director General, Peter Holmgren (right) talks to the President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at Forests Asia Summit 2014 in the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

What is the biggest challenge in REDD+ planning and implementation?

The participants of the 2014 Forests Asia Summit gathered at the Shangri-La Hotel on May 5 to talk about big changes that need to be made for our environment. Like the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono — who came to the event — said, to create sustainable environments we need to involve all the…

To young people falls the responsibility for a future Earth. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Yudi Nofiandi

I have to create a green economy?

Creating a green economy will promote sustainable development, balancing the need for growth with environmental conservation, according to speakers at the Forests Asia Summit 2014. But can the younger generation meet the challenge, asks Amy C. Cruz When I was little I heard a lot about the three ‘R’s (not Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic but…

Environmental conservation and profits can be a part of sustainable business. Graphic: sustainabilityadvantage.com.

Profits, people and the planet

Can profits, people and the planet go hand in hand, or are they just nice words? Can companies grow their businesses while providing better livelihoods for communities, and conserving the planet? At first, this concept seemed to be really strange to me. In my mind, businesses, especially those creating products, need natural resources as raw…

Upland farmers. Photo credit: IRRI

The (un)easy partnership of food and biodiversity

Agriculture systems can wreak havoc on natural ecosystems. As people cultivate land for food production, the surrounding environment is acutely impacted, often in a negative way. Specifically, biodiversity suffers as forests are cleared to make way for crops or livestock. However, food production and biodiversity conservation don’t necessarily have to be at odds. The links…

A discussion about silviculture management takes place during the summit. Photo: Shinta Purnama Sarie

Teak smallholders and sustainable farming

Indonesian smallholders reportedly produce 80 percent of the teak timber used by small and medium furniture producers in the country. This is linked to teak demand at national and global levels, and to the development of smallholder timber plantations. A survey from the World Agroforestry Centre revealed that 54 percent of farmers still want to…

Organic shrimp: financially lucrative and beneficial for the environment. Photo credit: Phong Quach/Flickr.

Want to save the mangroves? Eat organic shrimp

Many consumers around the world are choosing to pay more for certified organic products. The organic foods market is booming internationally. In the United States, for example, growth of this market is projected to remain around 9 percent or higher. There are many purported benefits to buying and eating organic foods — it’s healthier, better…

Community-based mangrove management and rehabilitation in North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.

Get dirty with mangroves

Mangroves don’t grow easily, but they also don’t die easily. This is because they are adaptable. They can’t grow well if there is there is too much sedimentation, but too much goodness will smother them, so they adjust. Mangroves can be damaged by the rising sea levels that threaten the ecosystem services they provide. Aside…

Could REDD+ poison the green economy process? Standards are needed to finance productive investments. Photo: Tim Cronin/Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Green Bonds in the REDD?

Red and green go together on holly bushes and apple trees and but do they go together in finance? Today at the Forests Asia Summit, a panel discussed the implications and practicalities of a report from the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel on the links between REDD+ and the green economy. The session…

Thousands of people gather on the opening day of the 2014 Forests Asia Summit. Photo: Showkat Rather/ICRISAT

Believe it or not! Indonesia planted 4 billion trees in last 4 years

“In the last four years, we have planted more than four billion trees. If you have any doubt, I welcome you to start counting them, just don’t lose [track of] your counting, so [you won’t] have to start from the beginning again.” These were the words of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in his keynote…