Author Archives: Forests Asia

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Invitation to attend and take part in Social Forestry and Sustainable Value Chains session

The ASEAN Social Forestry Network, Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme, and Center for International Forestry Research invite all participants to attend their discussion forum, Social forestry and sustainable value chains towards a Green Economy in ASEAN, at 17.15 on the first day of the Summit. Read the invitation and agenda for the session, and find out…

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Improving community access with sustainable forest management

A session at the Forests Asia Summit hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre and Kemitraan, a multi-stakeholder organization working with government agencies and civil society organizations to advance governance reform at both national and local levels, will pose questions over how traditional lands have been secured. Panelists will examine a case study on ancestral domains…

Peter Casier facilitating a session with the team. 
(Credit Samuel Stacey)

Social media team gathers ahead of Forests Asia

A team of social media gurus and novices gathered at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta on May 3 to prepare for the impending Forests Asia conference. The social media team assembled for the first part of a two-day training session on the various ways social media outlets can enhance public awareness of the…

Canals are hedged by dams to retain water for the regeneration of peat fields. A community living on the canals is assisted by the UN programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Is REDD+ in the red?

One of the most promising and challenging initiatives to be discussed at the Forests Asia conference is REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation). REDD+ ranks high on the agenda of the conference, to be held in Jakarta on May 5-6. Discussion forums will be held about the program by the United Nations REDD…

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Summit starts Monday with Indonesian President

The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, will join a who’s who of VIPs from across Southeast Asia and beyond at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta on Monday, May 5. President Yudhoyono will deliver the keynote speech on 5 May, kicking off two days of discussions, during which more than 120 speakers and 1,700 participants…

Forest scenery, Gede Pangrango, Indonesia. Photo by Ricky Martin for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Governance, forests, and Instagram: How youth can put the pieces together

By Andhyta Firselly Utami Several days ago, I came across an article that jokingly amended a famous quote from John Lennon, to “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making Instagrams”. Beyond the intended humor, the line is very relevant for today’s youth and offers a unique way to reflect on what has been…

Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Is green nanocomposite-based wood an eco-friendly product?

I believe, in this era, human beings can fully ascertain what nanotechnology is. Nanotechnology is basically an evolved and highly-developed innovative technology in the form of nano-sized products or machines (1-100 nanometers). There are two crucial traits of the technology, which are that products have higher (or the highest possible) strength properties compared to preliminary…

Aerial view of a river meandering in northern Papua, Indonesia. Photo credit: Mokhammad Edlaidi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Forests Asia Summit 2014: Join the debate

The two-day Forests Asia Summit opens on Monday next week, 5th May  in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a keynote speech delivered by Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. With more than 2,000 people registered to attend, the event looks set to be the biggest debate in years on the future of Southeast Asia’s forests and landscapes. Southeast Asia…

A Chat With: Andrea Bassi on how a green economy can reduce climate change

By Julie Mollins BOGOR, Indonesia (CIFOR) — Governments in Indonesia and Vietnam are making headway on forging strategies that could establish “green growth” policies to help slow climate change, but more effort is needed throughout Southeast Asia to ensure the region reaches its development goals, according to economist Andrea Bassi. Bassi, who runs a consultancy…