As REDD+ evolves, success will require reform beyond the forestry sector to include tenure and other aspects of governance, writes CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren—including major shifts in discourses, power relations and economic incentives.

REDD+ safeguards, non-CO2 emissions, finance: These will be among the main topics of debate at the UN climate talks in Peru, according to two of the world’s leading experts on climate science and policy. CIFOR’s Lou Verchot and Steve Leonard examine the issues.

Policymakers need to deal with human welfare concerns, say researchers about REDD+. Ahead of the UNFCCC COP, expectations are high for consensus on protections for indigenous and local communities in the REDD+ program. is CIFOR's online portal for original news, views and research on forests and climate change


Power, politics pervade Peru’s land-use sector

Decentralization has led to a complex distribution of powers over land use and tenure in Peru, making it difficult for some government bodies to fulfill their mandates—and explaining how a plot of land can be considered a farm and a gold mine at the same time.

Registration has sold out with almost 2,000 people already booked to be there — but you can still watch our live video feed of the biggest gathering of the world’s top experts in forestry, agriculture, science and development: Go to for details.

Insects are an important part of people's diets around the world. In Cameroon, though, people are losing their tastes for beetles thanks in part to Western diets and Western religion. The problem? The beetles thrive in the artificial agricultural environment that local people have made—and so could turn from being a key source of food into an agricultural pest.

Our global call for the most important research questions on forests and landscapes drew more than 2,500 questions from 104 countries. Now, it’s time to narrow them down—and we need your help. Vote now on the most important questions; voting is open to all until mid-December, when the highest-ranking questions will be identified and announced.

In Bolivia, Mother Earth has the right to life—by law. But the landlocked country in the heart of South America is also committed to expanding food production to meet the needs of its growing population, and to using its land and forests for economic growth. Those two goals are on a collision course, according to a new study.


Further guidance for REDD+ safeguard information systems?: An analysis of positions in the UNFCCC negotiations

REDD+ politics in the media: A case study from Peru

Analysis of REDD+ policy networks in Peru

The harvest of wildlife for bushmeat and traditional medicine in East, South and Southeast Asia: Current knowledge base, challenges, opportunities and areas for future research

Biodiversity conservation: How can the regulation of bioprospecting under the Nagoya Protocol make a difference?

REDD+ Policy Network Analysis: Actors and power structures

Multi-Level policy dialogues, processes, and actions: Challenges and opportunities for national REDD+ safeguards Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV)

Field guide to Adaptive Collaborative Management and improving women’s participation

The experience of conditional cash transfers: Lessons for REDD+ benefit sharing

Actor-specific contributions to the deforestation slowdown in the Brazilian Amazon


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