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REDD+ can “green” Indonesia’s resource-dependent economy, U.N. expert says
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REDD+ can “green” Indonesia’s resource-dependent economy, U.N. expert says

By Julie Mollins JAKARTA, Indonesia (2 July 2014) — Indonesia must reduce its economic dependence on natural resources by increasing investment into research and development to boost sustainable industrial development and “green” its economy, according to a climate change expert. “Indonesia has seen significant growth over the last decade, but growth has been based on…

Anna Finke, an incoming student at Yale’s Forestry and Environment school, attends a special session for youths during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 in the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Forestry graduates need more policy, business, leadership training

Despite parental concerns about his chosen profession, Tint Lwin Thaung commenced his studies in forestry and thirty years later is the executive director of The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC). “My first lecture was when forestry education was just about one type of wood and most of the students, and all of the teachers,…

Jan Joseph Dida leads a discussion on food during the Youth Session at the Forests Asia Summit. Photo credit: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

No forests, no food?

Considering the availability of farmland in Indonesia, and the forests across several of its islands, the country has the potential to provide abundant timber and rice to its population, and should have the resources to feed 2.4 billion people with minimum challenges. But the reality is different, which raises many important questions — like why,…

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FAO forum demonstrates the importance of SFM in green economy and poverty reduction

This article was written by Yurdi Yasmi, Forest Policy Officer for Asia and the Pacific , FAO and Soojin Kim, Programme Officer, Sustainable Environment and Nautral Resources Management, FAO and was originally posted on FAO InFO News. The Forests Asia 2014 Summit opened on 5 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a keynote address by the…

Mangrove forest, Tam Giang commune, Nui Thanh district, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo credit: My Hoang Hao Tra

Mangrove restoration: Local participation and livelihood strategies

Mangrove forests grow along tropical and subtropical coastlines, providing habitats for many marine species as well as timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) for indigenous people. They also act as a natural barrier to protect coastal villages from natural disasters such as storms, floods and tsunamis. However, mangrove forests have been destroyed and degraded by…

Yi Ying Teh delivers the summary of a discussion on "What can young people do to encourage good governance of Southeast Asia’s forests? " during a special youth session at the Forests Asia Summit 2014 in the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Say what? The significance of the voices of youth at the Forests Asia Summit

It was surreal standing on the stage in front of over 2000 participants and recounting an anecdote from my schooling years in Singapore when physical education lessons were cancelled because of the haze. I have been in the audience of so many environmental conferences, looking up to the people on the stage and assuming that…

A participant leads a discussion during a special youth session at Forests Asia Summit 2014 at ShangriLa Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 5, 2014. (CIFOR)

Youth take centre stage at Forests Asia Summit

Last week, ACIAR Graduate Research Officer Jack Koci was in Jakarta, Indonesia to participate in the Forests Asia Summit, where he met some inspiring young people determined to have a say in the future of South-East Asia’s forests… The Forests Asia Summit, organised by the Centre for International Forestry (CIFOR) and hosted by the Ministry…

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) and CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren enter the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, 5 May 2014, the first day of the Forests Asia Summit. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Indonesian president issues call to arms at ‘turning point’ for climate, development, forests

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on his successor, who will take office in October, to extend a ban on the issuance of new logging licenses, saying “more remains to be done” to address unsustainable land-use practices in his country and across the region. Speaking to nearly 2,000 participants at the Forests…

Landscape of the countryside in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Moses Ceaser Photo by Moses Ceaser for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Funds plentiful, but will is weak to fuel low-carbon economy: experts

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The world’s top climate scientist told an international conference today that tackling climate change is an opportunity, not a burden, and a leading financier said there is plenty of money to fund sustainable development. “The path we need to follow is very clear if the world wants to limit the temperature increase…