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Further Leadership and Influence
In august, CIFOR contributed significantly to the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests and staff made presentations at several satellite meetings. They also took part in discussions of the Interagency Task Force on Forests.
The U.N. Environment Programme has commissioned CIFOR to provide analysis of the underlying causes of deforestation for presentation at the third meeting of the IFF, scheduled for May 1999. Initial findings of this work were presented in sessions of the IFFs 1998 meeting in Geneva.
Also in Geneva, CIFOR collaborated with the International of Academy of the Environment to hold a policy dialogue on some of the difficult issues associated with application of the "Kyoto Principles" to forests. A paper that resulted from the discussions was presented on CIFORs behalf at a satellite meeting of the International Panel on Climate Change in Buenos Aires in November.
In November, CIFOR Director General Jeffrey Sayer travelled to Fontainebleau, France, for the 50th anniversary celebration of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). He delivered a keynote address, titled "Globalisation, Localisation and Protected Areas."