CIFOR presents at World Bank conference on land and poverty

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) joins a host of prominent organizations presenting at the 2015 Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, held in Washington, DC, all this week.

The emerging role of non-state actors in forest governance and the need for a critical analysis of recent zero-deforestation pledges are among the key topics of discussion. This includes the New York Declaration on Forests, which seeks to halve deforestation by 2020 and eliminate it altogether by 2030—the burden of which will largely fall to the private sector.

CIFOR scientists will participate in five panels throughout the conference, presenting research findings on:

  • The evolving architecture of global forest governance and the emerging role of markets and the private sector
  • The social and gendered impacts of oil palm expansion in Indonesia
  • The impact of environmental, social and governance commitments in the oil palm sector in Indonesia
  • The environmental impacts of different property rights regimes: cases from Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Inclusive agricultural business models in Mozambique, Tanzania, Indonesia and Brazil.

Steven Lawry, Director of Forests & Governance Research; Krystof Obidzinski, Senior Scientist; George Schoneveld, Scientist; and Baruani Idd Mshale, Post Doctoral Fellow, will represent CIFOR at the world’s premier event in the area of land rights and resource governance.

More than 1,000 leaders and experts from government, civil society, academia and the private sector will gather to explore innovative approaches to improving land governance, focusing on “Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity”.

For more information, visit the conference website.