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.
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.
With land degradation soaring, climate strategists are looking beyond piecemeal projects to raise cash for conservation. These efforts need millions of dollars to grow, more money than governments or civil society can provide, which is where supporters of the landscapes concept hope it will be a catalyst. Peter Holmgren, director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) argues it “resonates” with the finance community, offering the potential for investments on scale.
International development is rife with buzzwords. New concepts spring to the fore — many of them refashioned or remarketed versions of old concepts. They flood panel discussions, procurement orders and program design documents — that is, until the next “big thing” emerges to take their place. “By bridging these boundaries and opening up the conversation you will also find new solutions that you wouldn’t find in the separate, more isolated situation,” Peter Holmgren, director general of the Center for International Forestry Research, told Devex. CIFOR, which has convened the first two editions of the Global Landscapes Forum, sees the platform as an opportunity to find common ground that establishes a cohesive community of participants from environment, development and finance backgrounds.
Like countless generations of Amazonian people relies on a combination of food crops and forest products. This diversity—both natural and agricultural—provides a varied diet and an assortment of goods ranging from natural dyes and medicines to palm fronds for roof thatch. Besides being the main source of protein for villagers in the Amazon region, fish and wild animals provide important micronutrients such as calcium, iron and Vitamin C, according to a study led by Nathalie van Vliet of the Center for International Forestry Research.
Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan mulai menyusun laporan pemantauan hutan setiap tahun. Sebelumnya, pemantauan dilakukan setiap tiga tahun. Hal itu membuat pemerintah tergagap menyikapi dinamika perkembangan kehutanan dan selalu berargumen dalam menjawab pertanyaan soal tutupan hutan. “Pernah CIFOR (lembaga kehutanan internasional) mengeluarkan data kebakaran seluas 140.000 hektar (analisis citra satelit). Namun, menurut pemerintah daerah hanya 24.000 hektar (manual),” kata Untung Suprapto (perwakilan dari Direktur Pengendalian Kebakaran Hutan Kementerian LHK).