Author Archives: Forests Asia

Gliricidia trees growing around the ICRISAT field bunds. Showkat Rather/ ICRISAT

The story of a golden tree

We should all agree with the fact that our world has been beautifully and wisely planned, which is the reason that the earth still exists and hosts us and all other living and non-living things, even after billions of years of existence. Although not verified exactly, it is believed that life on earth has existed…

Ferns in Gunung Halimun-Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. M. Edliadi, Center for International Forestry Research

Bioversity International researchers to present at Forests Asia Summit

This story was originally published on the Bioversity International website. As agriculture in South-east Asia expands, the world’s largest tropical forest and the ecosystem services that they provide are increasingly under threat. Sharing knowledge on how South-east Asia can accelerate the shift toward a green economy by better managing its forests and landscapes will be…

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Initiative puts forest dwellers’ anti-poverty struggles front and center

A version of this story was originally published on the website of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which will host a session titled Governance: Governing access and securing rights to land and resources at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, May 5 to 6, 2014. Follow ICRAF on Twitter. The Rights and Resources Initiative is a global coalition of organizations encouraging the…

Indigenous wood-drying techniques in Jepara.

Jepara’s indigenous wood-drying knowledge

I recognize that confirmed theories are superior to unscientific thoughts that pass through generations. However, common sense counterbalances scientific theories with local, indigenous knowledge, both of which are crucial in maintaining the environment. While I was conducting research in Jepara regency, Indonesia, under the auspices of Bogor Agricultural University and ACIAR-CIFOR, I found an outrageously…

A worker pushing a wheelbarrow full of fertilizer at an oil palm plantation in Papua, Indonesia. Agus Andrianto, Center for International Forestry Research

Papua oil palm plans may benefit migrants more than local poor — report

BOGOR, Indonesia (29 April 2014) — Indonesia may miss out on a chance to boost socio-economic benefits for the poor in the eastern province of Papua unless it creates a development plan to address disparities caused by the rapid increase in oil palm plantation investments, according to a new report. Oil palm production is considered…

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Wehea Dayak act against deforestation to preserve traditions

This story was originally published on The Nature Conservancy website. The Nature Conservancy will host a discussion at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta on May 5 and 6 titled “Governance: Jurisdictional approaches to green development: Importance, challenges and opportunities“. Ledjie Taq remembers the moment he became an adult. After a seven-day fast, he emerged…

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Background Briefs for Forests Asia Summit now available

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published Background Briefs for each of the five focus areas of the Forests Asia Summit: 1. Governance and Legal Frameworks to Promote Sustainable Landscapes 2. Investing in Landscapes for Green Returns 3. Climate Change and Low Emissions Development on the Ground 4. Forest Landscapes for Food and Biodiversity 5. Changing Communities, Sustainable…

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A Chat With: Seong-il Kim about forestry studies in South Korea

By Julie Mollins BOGOR, Indonesia (CIFOR) — Seong-il Kim, a professor of “Ecosystem Services and Society” and “Ecotourism Development” since 1992 at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, is a leading scholar of forestry and sustainable development. An active contributor to environmental policy, he introduced the concept of ecotourism to South Korea and now…

Oil palm seedling in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Yayan Indriatmoko for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Sustaining Indonesia’s green economy by embracing green infrastructure

This article was originally published in the 24 April edition of The Jakarta Globe. We might have our common curiosity of what could contribute by infrastructure, one of the biggest requirements to fast-track Indonesia’s development. Meeting adequate infrastructure is already an enormous task for Indonesia. Adding “green” content into the mix brings more work. However, the…