We’re proud to announce the launch of our refreshed CIFOR.org website. Keeping our busy readers in mind, we’ve made it easier to access from any device with a new responsive design, and we’re working on several new features to enhance your experience. The site will be in ‘beta’ mode while we work out the bugs, and we want your feedback. Explore the site and share your thoughts.

JOIN IN: The conveners of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum invite organizations to host Civil Society Sessions, Discussion Forums and exhibitions. Find out more about how to join the event.

VIDEO: In a video invitation, COP President and Peruvian Environmental Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren explain why now is the time to shape the climate and development agendas. They are supported by a broad consortium of international partners, bringing together leading agriculture, forestry and development organizations.

Tropical dry forests make up nearly half the world’s tropical forests and support people and iconic wildlife, just as their humid counterparts do — but they have yet to capture the attention of the public or policymakers as the world’s rainforests have. A new report could help to change that, laying out what is and is not known about tropical dry forests, and prescribing further research about these fragile ecosystems. Read more here.

T20Q is a global project that invites you to nominate the most important research questions for forestry and landscapes. So far, about 1,000 questions have been submitted to help guide the future of knowledge by making sure we ask the right questions. 

Have your say now and invite others to do the same — your voice deserves to be heard.


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SBSTA coverage from Bonn; on REDD+ governance

Didn't make it to the UN climate conference in Bonn? We covered the important developments for forests and climate change:

We have also launched a special feature on efforts to overcome multilevel governance challenges in REDD+:

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Small-scale logging and milling in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are not uniformly fraudulent nor unsustainable, new research has found, countering widespread perceptions about the negative impacts of artisanal logging in this central African country. Instead, the three-year study found that a well-regulated artisanal sector could sustain the livelihoods of thousands of rural people while contributing to improved management of DRC’s vast forests. Read more.

This time last year, smoke from peatland fires in Sumatra choked the skies of Singapore and parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. Since the haze crisis of 2013, regional leaders have taken numerous steps to try to prevent recurrences, but the fires threaten to return this year. In a new video, CIFOR scientist David Gaveau talks about new research that has begun to clarify the situation on the ground in Sumatra. More here.

The Forests Asia Summit is over, but coverage of this groundbreaking conference is not. From in-depth news articles to newly released videos of one-on-one interviews with experts, discussion about the topics of the Summit continues. Check Forests News for continued coverage.

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Jobs at CIFOR

New job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Communications Officer

Scientist – Governance of Furniture Value Chains

General Call for Applications – Science Roster

Project Management Support Officer

Senior Accountant



The Africa–China timber trade: Diverse business models call for specialized policy responses

Forest use and timber markets in the Ecuadorian Amazon

The context of deforestation and forest degradation in Bolivia

Synergies across a REDD+ landscape: Non-carbon benefits, joint mitigation and adaptation, and an analysis of submissions to the SBSTA

Community forest management in the Peruvian Amazon: A literature review

Palm oil and biodiversity

Governing large-scale farmland investments in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and ways forward


Upcoming events

Carbon-Land-Property, International Conference
1 – 4 July 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

Landscapes for People, Food & Nature in Africa Conference
1 – 3 July 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC 2014)
20 – 24 July 2014, Cairns, Australia

The 3rd Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology - Asia Section
19 – 22 August 2014, Melaka, Malaysia

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CIFOR advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

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