Towards a sustainable, participatory and inclusive wild meat sector
Produced in response to a call from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, this report aims to help users guide actions towards a more sustainable wild meat sector. Wild meat is an essential source of protein and income for millions of forest-living communities in the tropics and subtropics.
The future of Blue Carbon science
What are the top ten questions in the science of blue carbon? Little is known about the organic carbon that mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrass, seaweed and other coastal and marine ecosystems capture and store. So this overview by experts in the field offers a comprehensive roadmap for future research.
Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People
This book discusses the conditions that influence how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are implemented and prioritized, and provides a systematic, multidisciplinary global assessment of interlinkages among the SDGs and their targets, increasing understanding of potential synergies and unavoidable trade-offs between goals.
Call of the wild: define it or lose it
The term ‘intact wilderness’ conjures images of pristine forests or wetlands, rich in wildlife. How much of this land remains? That depends on how you define it. The authors argue for the need to define and quantify the world’s remaining wilderness – because conservationists can achieve more when they work together.
Global data and tools for local forest cover loss and REDD+ performance assessment
Assessing the impact of efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) on forests requires data, but existing datasets and tools are not always consistent, complementary, or suitable for local REDD+ performance assessments. This article offers recommendations based on research in five local REDD+ initiatives across the tropics.
The relationship between forests and freshwater fish consumption in rural Nigeria
Fish are a key source of protein and micronutrients, and are essential to the diets of some Nigerians. But this research shows that without forests, there are fewer fish. The authors point out that clearing forests for agriculture to produce more food might have the unintended consequence of reducing fish consumption.
Why there’s more to ecological restoration than ecology
A survey in Restoration Ecology journal offered insights into the educational and professional backgrounds of restoration professionals working on terrestrial ecosystems across Latin America.
‘Forget tree planting, start tree growing’
“Tree planting” to increase carbon sequestration is just an event, but tree growing is a long-term investment said World Agroforestry’s Lalisa Duguma.
Time to get serious about evaluating REDD+ impacts
Protecting and restoring the world’s forests could deliver a third of the emissions reduction needed to curb global warming. REDD+ has been expected to provide part of the solution.
International Forests Day: Two heads look to a future of restoration
Climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation are part of the same problem, said CIFOR’s Robert Nasi and World Agroforestry’s Tony Simons.
CIFOR DG calls for ‘people-centric’ approach in landscape restoration
A World Bank conference on poverty and land highlighted that Indigenous and traditional communities are vital stewards of forests and natural landscapes.
What bamboo forests do for nature and human well-being
Bamboo can provide sustainable supplies of biomass for energy production without compromising food security or harming the landscape, says CIFOR’s Himlal Baral.
CIFOR & ICRAF Directors General in Conversation | Merger, the role of staff & the future
On 1 January 2019, the world’s leading organizations on forestry and agroforestry, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) merged in order to leverage their combined 65 years of research and experience. Directors General Robert Nasi and Tony Simons recently sat down to talk about why the two organizations were merging, how to tackle food security and sustainable landscapes, and the future.
The elephants of South Sumatra | Earth Day 2019 - Protecting our species
Elephants have always played a role in the history and culture of Sumatra, reaching as far back as the famed Kingdom of Srivijaya. Today, due to long-running human-animal conflict, the elephant population has diminished, and the remaining wild herds are hemmed in by plantations and residential areas. But recent conservation and restoration efforts in South Sumatra are helping these gentle giants – and the surrounding communities.
Pineapples and peatlands
This work is a part of Participatory Action Research to Community-Based Fire Prevention and Peatland Restoration, an action research project funded by Temasek Foundation International and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise. CIFOR works together with local communities and partners on activities to prevent fire, restore peatland, and create sustainable livelihoods. We aim to influence social transformation and long-term behavioral change.
International Day of Rural Women 2019
It must be recognized that women also use and need forests. Indeed, while women’s work in the forest and in the home often remains invisible in mainstream forestry, it is absolutely critical to sustaining forests as well as the communities who live in and around them.
Rights shaping landscapes and livelihoods in Nepal
In Nepal, an ambitious government program to hand tenure and forest management rights to local communities has not only had a positive outcome for conservation, it has also generated a sustainable source of income for forest communities. Ongoing research by CIFOR and ForestAction Nepal is looking into what kinds of benefits and challenges these forest-based enterprises face, and what it means for both livelihoods and landscapes.
Un laboratoire pour révéler les mystères des arbres tropicaux au cœur du bassin du Congo
Une première en Afrique subsaharienne : ouverture d’un laboratoire de biologie du bois en République démocratique du Congo. Wood biology laboratory, first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, opens in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Multi-stakeholder forums as innovation for natural resource management?
Presented by Anne M Larson, Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti and Mastewal Yami at the workshop ‘Forests and climate change: research results and implications for REDD+ and forest governance’, 5 April 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Results from CIFOR’s global comparative study of multi-stakeholder forums (MSFs) indicate that initiatives are often not reaching success on their own terms because of a mismatch between theory and practice – and this can be addressed by paying attention to four key factors.
Enhancing food system resilience
John Ingram, visiting CIFOR from the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, made this keynote presentation at a seminar on food systems on 12 February 2019, organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).
The challenges of achieving food security for a growing, wealthier, urbanising population while minimising further environmental degradation are daunting. It will require a radical transformation of the system, including better farming methods, wealthy nations consuming less meat and countries valuing food which is nutritious rather than cheap.
Scrutinizing the 'feminization of agriculture' hypothesis: Trajectories of labor force participation in agriculture in Indonesia
Presented by Kartika Juniwaty at the Seeds of Change: Gender Equality Through Agricultural Research for Development conference held at the University of Canberra, Australia on 2-4 April 2019.
How is participation of women in agriculture changing over time? Do women exit agriculture at the same rate as men? If they are exiting, to which sectors and why? Results from a mixed-methods quantitative analysis of the Indonesian Family Life Survey answers these questions, and others.
Enabling Conditions to Implement the 2018 Forest Proclamation to Facilitate FLR in Ethiopia
Presentation by Habtemariam Kassa at the CIFOR knowledge‐sharing workshop “Forests and climate change: research results and implications for REDD+ and forest governance in Ethiopia” in Addis-Abbaba, Ethiopia, 5 April 2019.
Analysis of resutls from a GIZ-CIFOR study on forest landscape restoration in Ethiopia’s Gambella and SNNP Regional States offers recommendations for designing regulations to implement the 2018 Forest Proclamation to help the country move from rights recognition to rights actualization.
Tenure Security and Forest Landscape Restoration: Research Insights and Policy Issues
Presented by Steven Lawry during a webinar by the Sector Network Rural Development Africa, the working group on Climate Change, Livelihoods and Natural Resources Management and the German development agency (GIZ) on 15 March 2019.
Research on ambitious forest landscape restoration (FLR) goals looks at whether rights devolution and higher levels of tenure security influence FLR in ways that provide more equitable livelihood benefits, benefit women and marginalized communities, and contribute to better forest outcomes.
Incorporating Blue Carbon in REDD+
Presented by Daniel Murdiyarso at the 50th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany on 25 Jun 2019.
This presentation highlights the critical role that blue carbon can play in countries commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. Mangroves have disproportionately large potential for climate change mitigation through carbon storage, and REDD+ could be one of the mechanisms that Indonesia can pursue to include blue carbon in its forest reference emission level.
What bamboo forests do for nature and human well-being
“Bamboo is not only ‘poor man’s timber’ but also provides wide range of ecosystem goods and services and can contribute to a green economy.” – Himlal Baral, CIFOR Senior Scientist.
This opinion piece describes how #Bamboo can provide sustainable supplies of biomass for energy production, without compromising food security or unduly affecting the wider landscape.
Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions
A critical, evidence-based analysis of REDD+ implementation so far, without losing sight of the urgent need to reduce forest-based emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change.
CIFOR-ICRAF Merger FAQs
On January 1, 2019, two of the world’s leading organizations focused on forestry and agroforestry – the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) – merged in order to provide the evidence and innovative solutions needed to scale up investment in sustainable development and address the global challenges of our time.
February 2 is World Wetlands Day
Celebrating #worldwetlandsday2019 #keepwetlands #forestsmatter
Jurisdictional approach towards zero-deforestation commodities
We have heard of this powerful phrase “Jurisdictional approach towards zero-deforestation commodities” but what does it mean and how is the ‘Governing Multifunctional Landscapes’ (#GML) project in Ghana instrumental in achieving this?
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A Call to Action: Put Forests in the Global Agenda
Tackle deforestation, forest degradation; support forest adaptation to #climatechange & natural disturbances, create new forests, implement sustainable forest management as these are fundamental towards a climate neutral planet and a sustainable future. http://ow.ly/Thxt30pCIhE
Our project #FORETS is looking for interns to be based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If interested, kindly refer to this link: http://ow.ly/Em0P50x5K4Q
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