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Cameroon: Congo Basin – Innovative Forest Management Approaches

Cameroon: Congo Basin – Innovative Forest Management Approaches

Bioversity International in collaboration with CIFOR, IRAD, IRET and UNIKIS in Cameroon, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo presented findings of the 40-month research project executed in the Congo Basin. The research found out that people living in or around the forest collect caterpillars, oils, fruits, medicines, and trees for construction directly from the concessions. The potential conflicts of the people living in the forest and the concessions are high because the concessions have the legal rights to use the forest.


Questioning government  logic on REDD+

Questioning government logic on REDD+

REDD+ covers the whole landscape of issues related to the rise of emissions, primarily exacerbated by deforestation and degradation.  As Martin Herold of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) rightly describes, this “landscape approach” is desirable to endorse better planning and land use assessments, which integrate multiple options and generate helpful scenarios that are key to devising strategies for maintaining forests’ carbon and health.


Bushmeat’s dual role: threatened species face off against nutrition and culture

Bushmeat’s dual role: threatened species face off against nutrition and culture

There is a dual challenge of maintaining food security for forest-dependent populations and ensuring wildlife conservation. A recent study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) analyzed the nutritional, economic, and cultural value of bushmeat, which they define as “non-domesticated terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians harvested for food,” in the tri-region of Brazil, Peru and Colombia.


Olio di palma: Greenpeace avverte del rischio “greenwashing”. Sono necessarie manovre più organizzate e definite per una coltivazione sostenibile

Olio di palma: Greenpeace avverte del rischio “greenwashing”. Sono necessarie manovre più organizzate e definite per una coltivazione sostenibile

Sul fatto che le foreste tropicali siano le prime vittime dell’olio di palma non c’è alcun dubbio. Come riporta un dettagliato documento del Cifor (Centro per la ricerca internazionale sulle foreste) dal significativo titolo Palm of controversies (“Le palme della discordia”), nel giro di pochi decenni l’Indonesia ha perso oltre 5 milioni di ettari di foreste primarie, convertite in monocolture di palme da olio, e oltre 4 milioni ne ha persi la Malesia, con effetti disastrosi sulla biodiversità locale.


Think big by thinking small?

Think big by thinking small?

Recent research indicates growing pressure to root out “illegal timber” from international trade may have to leave small-scale producers aside—temporarily—to bring their joint efforts to fruition. A recent paper by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) suggests, however, that their gradual implementation could avoid disrupting the livelihoods of many thousands of people in timber-producing countries.


Why so little REDD ink?

Why so little REDD ink?

Peru has received international recognition for pushing ahead with programs to tackle climate change and deforestation, but those efforts have largely been ignored in the national media, a new report says. The findings are “surprising,” said Mary Menton, formerly a research associate with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and one of the authors of the report, particularly as Peru is piloting REDD+, a global scheme which would see forest-rich countries paid for the carbon stored in trees.


Indonesia’s Forests Disappearing at Record Rates

Indonesia’s Forests Disappearing at Record Rates

Improving forest and land governance is considered key to addressing deforestation and peatland degradation, yet working out priorities within this large and multi-faceted problem: unclear land tenure and uncertain land classification, business and political interests that influence policy-making and regulations, and ineffective land use planning. When asked to prescribe interventions to respond to these issues, there was strong support for community-level approaches to forest management, including securing community forest tenure through clarifying land claims and integrating local land tenure into spatial planning. These findings align with other studies – including by CIFOR and Rights and Resources – that indicate when local communities have security of tenure over the forests on which they depend, biodiversity resources are conserved, and livelihoods are secured.


Landscape Game

Landscape Game

How would you invest in a forested landscape? Would you cut it down for timber, or preserve it for carbon credits?



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