Author Archives: Forests Asia

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Research helps farmers optimize teak, crop planting in Laos

Tony Bartlett is Forestry Research Program Manager with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). A version of this story was originally posted on the ACIAR website. ACIAR will host a session titled Equitable development: Improving livelihood benefits for smallholders in the forestry value chain  at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta on May 5 and 6. Follow @ACIARAustralia on Twitter Smallholder farmers in the Luang Prabang region…

Papua, Indonesia. Photo by Mokhammad Edliadi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Heat Is on for Southeast Asia to shift to ‘green economy’ paradigm

This article was originally published in the 19 April edition of The Jakarta Globe. Each month in Southeast Asia, an area three times the size of Jakarta is stripped of its trees. Across the region, forests are being cleared for their timber or for agriculture, or to make way for infrastructure and settlements. Indeed, the region’s…

Haze across Riau, Sumatra, from the forest fires. Photo by Aulia Erlangga for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Haze during wet months

This article was originally published in Indonesian, on Kompas.com. The provinces of Riau and Jambi on the east coast of Sumatra were blanketed in thick haze in late March and early April as a result of fires set to clear land for oil palm and industrial timber estate development and other needs.  Strangely, compared to…

Bogor Agricultural University's Faculty of Forestry arboretum.

Miniature forests to solve global warming

By Nuri Nursjahbani I would like to tell you about an interesting place at my university, which is of course my favorite place — the arboretum. An arboretum is a miniature forest that students usually use for practicing their knowledge and skills after sitting lectures. Sometimes I see squirrels jumping through the trees or beautiful…

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Q+A — Expert urges strong national policies to protect bamboo, rattan trade

By Julie Mollins BOGOR, Indonesia (CIFOR) — Two fast-growing non-timber forest products (NTFP) can aid in poverty alleviation, particularly throughout Asia, if their full economic potential is harnessed, according to a top bamboo and rattan expert. Bamboo and rattan — due to strength and versatility used for constructing furniture, flooring, paneling, building materials and other…

How REDD+ can support a green economy

Suzannah Goss is a program officer coordinating knowledge management across UN-REDD+ units. A version of this story was originally published on the UN-REDD+ program blog. UN-REDD+ will host a session at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta on May 5, 2014. The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) launched a report: Building Natural Capital: …

Aerial shoot of landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. Photo by Kate Evans/CIFOR.

How to better manage forests and farms? Start talking

This article was originally published in the 24 April edition of The Jakarta Globe. The persistent, high-impact and high-profile haze problem in Riau has been a salutary reminder of how difficult it can be to manage landscapes once some “tipping points” have been passed. The adage about closing the stable door after the horse has bolted…

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‘Forests Asia’ delegates to tackle threats to mangrove forest ecosystems

By Julie Mollins BOGOR, Indonesia (CIFOR) — Since 1980, Indonesia has lost more than 26 percent of its carbon-rich mangrove forests, which have shrunk in area from 4.2 million ha to 3.1 million ha, largely due to shrimp farm production that exploits their brackish salt water environment. Scientists still do not understand the full magnitude of the problem,…