Thinking beyond the canopy

Managing impacts of globalised trade and investment on forests and forest communities

CIFOR's analysis of global forest trends is helping stakeholders manage the impact of trade and investment on forests and forest-dependent communities.

Increased trade in forest products and investment in forest-based industries can stimulate economic growth. Developing countries export yearly wood products worth more than US $23 billion, yet in many places just a small fraction of the profits benefit small-scale producers and forest dwellers. Unfair trade practices, distorted markets, corruption and weak governance all undermine the contribution forests could make to improving local livelihoods.

During the coming years, a number of global trends will have a significant effect on forests and the people who depend on them. These include China's demand for wood products, the geographic shift in industrial timber production away from Asia, greater investment in industrial tree planting and the increasing demand for biofuels. To better manage the impact of globalised trade and investment on forests, governments and other stakeholders need research to construct scenarios that illuminate the implications of current and projected trends for forests and forest-based livelihoods.

Our goal is to catalyse significant shifts in global investment standards in areas including risk assessment, monitoring and information disclosure. Within five years, CIFOR research will influence decision-making of at least three countries on how they can more effectively manage the impact of trade and investment on forests and forest-dependent communities.

Research themes

  • Understanding trade and investment trends
  • Assessing tools for managing the national and local impacts of trade and investment trends

Framework proposal

Globalised trade and investment
Managing impacts on forests and people

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More information

Domain leader: Globalised trade and investment
Pablo Pacheco

CIFOR'S Strategy 2008-2018: A summary
Key features of CIFOR's strategy for the decade 2008-2018. To learn more about CIFOR's strategic directions and to read the full document visits

Current projects: Globalised trade and investment
Locations, project duration, donors, and objectives for current projects within this research theme.