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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,…

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…

Strengthening youth involvement in the field of forestry and sustainability. Photo by Sekar Ayu Woro Yunita

Moving on with the ‘river of life': Experiences of a youth moderator

As soon as I came back and turned to work on my research desk, I couldn’t help but reflect upon the Summit and what I should do next. The Forests Asia Summit 2014 gave me new insights, connections and knowledge to share as a participant and youth moderator. The experience was like becoming part of…

A Lubuk Beringin villager, Siti Bainor, shows a palm nut fruit at Lubuk Beringin vaillage, Bungo district, Jambi province, Indonesia. Photo by Tri Saputro for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Are we neglecting people’s importance?

Does climate change not matter? Are we still neglecting the importance of people? Both of these questions are constantly discussed in countries worldwide, and they create cooperation too. However, it’s not only cooperation that is necessary, but also participation — particularly participation from people, not only from the government, related organizations, and NGOs. Transparency must…

Teak (Tectona grandis) forest in Bojonegoro, East Java, Indonesia, September 2011. Photo by Johanna Ernawati/ Bobo Magazine for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Teak plantations to improve livelihoods of forestry smallholders

Teak (Tectona grandis) is a symbol of high-quality timber in the forestry industry. It describes the luxury of the kraton (Javanese palace); not everyone can have teak timber in their homes. Even though the demand for teak is increasing, the price of the timber is still good. The value of teak lies in the durability…

Kichwa community listens to Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) scientists informing them of their results, Napo Province, Ecuador. Photo by Tomas Munita (CIFOR)

Sustainable forest management: Let people play their role!

“I believe in logic, but for managing the forest and creating beautiful landscapes, we must put our heart in it,” says Jatna Supriatna from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Those words really touched my heart during a discussion on “Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development” on the second day of the…

Peter Holmgren introducing the Top Twenty Questions about Forestry project, or T20Q.

Top 20 Questions: A golden opportunity for youth

On the second day of the Forests Asia Summit, Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) Director General Peter Holmgren introduced the Top Twenty Questions for Forestry, or T20Q. T20Q is a global project that will allow participants to have their say about important issues in forestry. From May to October 2014, ideas will be collected…

A dead tree in a hydropower reservoir in Quang Nam province, Vietnam, that forms part of a protected forest area. Credit: Hoang Hao Tra My

Hydropower and deforestation: An unexpected linkage or an obvious one?

Mekong Basin areas have seen a dramatic increase in the number of hydropower dams in operation or under construction (Middleton, 2012), which has caused many problems not only within certain countries but also to their neighbor countries. As a result of hydropower dams, large areas of forest have been flooded with water. It is clear…

Working together to gain local perceptions on important landscape and forest resources, Papua province, Indonesia. Photo credit: Michael Padmanaba, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Communities, companies and government must collaborate on environmental conservation

Nowadays, the issue of environmental conservation, especially in the forestry sector, has become important for many reasons. In discussions during the Forests Asia Summit, speakers linked agenda items to the theme of “Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development”. Present at a discussion on the theme were The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) executive…