An ambitious, non-binding pact signed at the UN Climate Summit seeks to end deforestation by 2030. Experts say it’s a step in the right direction, but it isolates forests from the big-picture landscapes that forests affect—and are affected by. Experts react.

Taken together, two statements on Forests and Agriculture released at the UN Climate Summit provide a compelling action agenda for the world’s landscapes, writes CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren. The trick, he says, will be combining them for joint solutions.

  • ROAD TO LIMA: With Norway deal, Peru can start monitoring deforestation ahead of the COP in Lima, expert urges.
  • NY TIMES OP-ED ‘WRONG’: “To save the planet, don’t plant trees”? Article that caused a stir in the world of forestry and climate science was off-base, a CIFOR expert wrote in a blistering reply.
  • NOT READY FOR REDD+? Countries devising strategies to curb carbon emissions through avoided deforestation do little to address the root causes of deforestation, a new study finds.

Six global thought leaders presented their big ideas on changing the future of forests and climate research at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate, a special high-level scientific debate hosted by CIFOR, the Earth Institute and Columbia University. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say:

  • JOHN HOLDREN: “Expanded access to clean energy has to be at the heart of any international development agenda.”
  • CARLOS NOBRE: “Innovation would come from emergence of a new, transformative economic paradigm for the global tropics.”
  • CHERYL PALM: “Bioversity is becoming more important than the carbon story.”

Click here to see videos and transcripts of all the presentations at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate.

How do we maximize the overall benefits of land use? In a session held during the CGIAR Development Dialogues, a side event to the UN Climate Summit, CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren led a discussion of high-level panelists on integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses. Watch a video of the session here. is CIFOR's online portal for original news, views and research on forests and climate change


Imperative to regain momentum in efforts to tackle carbon emissions

Twenty-five years ago, the Montreal Protocol initiated a worldwide ban on ozone-depleting substances. It worked: The Earth’s ozone layer is now recovering. A similarly ambitious plan could curb carbon emissions by enabling carbon storage in forests, write Louis Verchot and Peter Howson, but will require more pushing to overcome technical and financing issues to address humanity’s greatest challenge.

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6-7 December: 2014 Global Landscapes Forum in Lima

Changing landscapes, changing perspectives: Speakers lining up

The most dynamic land-use event of the year is beginning to take shape, with speakers confirming their presence at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum including:

These speakers will join 200 other experts leading discussions to seek answers on such issues as climate change, urbanization, green economy, sustainable energy and more. Expect learning events—and heated debates. Click here to access the latest updates on Forum speakers, and check this space for an updated agenda.
  • SAVE YOUR SPOT: Registration to the Forum is open—act now for early-bird discounts.
  • LAST CALL FOR EXHIBITIONS: There are only a few spots left for your organization to host an exhibition at the Forum. Click here for more details.
  • VISUALIZE DATA AND WIN: Do you make infographics? The Forum’s infographic competition encourages research institutions, think tanks, designers and others to visualize the holistic ‘landscape approach.’ First prize: $1000. Click here to find out more.

The Ebola crisis in West Africa has raised grave concerns about forest-based bushmeat, a vital source of food for millions of people in the region—and a vector for the deadly virus. In this special report, CIFOR examines the state of bushmeat research and the implications for future disease outbreaks.

Windblown haze from land fires in Indonesia returned to darken the skies over Singapore this month, just as new research illuminated the causes of the 2013 haze crisis. In a video interview, CIFOR researcher David Gaveau talks about why further on-the-ground research is needed, and why Singapore’s new anti-haze law might not have the intended effect. Read more here.

Jobs at CIFOR

Job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA)

Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment (MEIA) Specialist

Scientist - Governance of Furniture Value Chains





Literature review of participatory measurement, reporting and verification (PMRV)

The context of REDD+ in Peru: Drivers, agents and institutions

Opportunities for implementing REDD+ to enhance sustainable forest management and improve livelihoods in Lombok, NTB, Indonesia

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

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

Rural livelihoods and the Chinese timber trade in Zambia’s Western Province

Mutual legal assistance to strengthen Indonesia-ASEAN forest governance

Challenging perceptions about men, women, and forest product use: a global comparative study

The domestic market for small-scale chainsaw milling in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Present situation, opportunities and challenges


Upcoming events

XXIV IUFRO World Congress
5 – 11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah

Convention on Biological Diversity COP12
6 – 17 October 2014, PyeongChang, South Korea

2nd Annual AIDF Food Security Summit
8 – 9 October 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

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