Increasing oil palm yield and enhancing production efficiency are viable alternatives to opening new lands for oil palm cultivation. According to the book “Palms Of Controversies: Oil Palm And Development Challenges” published online by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), oil palm occupies only 7 per cent of the land worldwide assigned to oil-producing plants, but produces 39 per cent of the global supply of vegetable oil.
As Ebola slowly retreats from West Africa, some are calling for a revival of the bushmeat trade, which was blamed for triggering the deadly outbreak. Yet, for thousands of West Africans this meat is a vital source of income and food. Some have argued that livestock farming and agriculture could replace the lost meat, but that could in fact cause more harm than good according to Robert Nasi, deputy director general at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He studies bushmeat’s environmental impact and believes that clearing land for agriculture and domesticated animals would lead to deforestation that would ultimately drive out vulnerable forest species.
After infected wildlife was linked with Guinea’s ‘patient zero’, the authorities desperately try to control the region’s trade. The trade in illegal bushmeat is big business. According to the Center for International Forestry Research, 5m tonnes of bushmeat are harvested from the Congo basin every year.
By having more than 2 million hectares of mangrove wetland area, Indonesia could play a major role in mitigating climate change. The true potential of Indonesia’s massive mangrove area has never been properly measured and because of this, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), along with the Maritime and Fisheries Research and Development Center at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, have launched research in several wetland areas within the archipelago. To begin the research, CIFOR scientists and staff from the ministry had installed a sedimentation and carbon stock measurement tool called the Rod Surface Elevation Table Marker Horizon (RSET-MH) in various places near the Pulau Dua coastline.
A new study has suggested that because of illegal trading, Paphiopedilum callosumis, one of several species of slipper orchids, has been classified as endangered. The illegal trading of exquisite orchids at plant markets in Thailand is “invisible” because hardly any of it makes it into government statistics that are supposed to document illegal trade in wild flora, noted Jacob Phelps and Edward Webb of the Center for International Forestry Research, Science News reported.
REDD-Monitor sent 10 questions about REDD safeguards by email to five experts on the subject of REDD and safeguards. This is the first response, from Maria Brockhaus and Amy Duchelle at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
At plant markets in Thailand, exquisite orchids are for sale. This trade is “invisible” because hardly any of it makes it into government statistics that are supposed to document illegal trade in wild flora, Jacob Phelps and Edward Webb of the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor Borat, Indonesia, note this month in Biological Conservation.
Kayu yang beredar di Kabupaten Berau dipastikan hampir 100 persen merupakan kayu ilegal. Padahal, di Kabupaten Berau saja, kata dia, tercatat ada 16 perusahaan HPH yang masih aktif beroperasi dari 27 izin Hak Pengelolaan Hutan (HPH) yang dikeluarkan. Sayangnya, hasil operasional belasan perusahaan kayu tersebut malah diperjual-belikan ke daerah lain. Data tersebut berdasarkan penelitian Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Berau pada 2012 lalu, jelas merugikan konsumen lokal.