CIFOR scientists at ATBC 2016 to talk tropical landscapes, bushmeat

The upcoming 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Montpellier, France from 19 to 23 June will feature a number of CIFOR scientists speaking about such issues as bushmeat, tropical landscapes and deforestation.

Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Robert Nasi will be giving the keynote speech. Titled “Tropical wildlife: A forgotten and threatened resource”, Nasi will discuss the harvest of forest wildlife and its consequences for ecosystems and local livelihoods.

CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study (GCS) on REDD+ will hold a symposium discussing their research and results on 23 June. Chaired by CIFOR scientist Amy Duchelle and moderated by CIFOR principal scientist William Sunderlin, the panel will highlight research findings from a study of six countries and 22 sub-national initiatives to elaborate how REDD+ has impacted forests, biodiversity and people.

Principal scientist from CIFOR Terry Sunderland will present a talk titled “Agrarian change in tropical landscapes – A change for the better?”, in which he will discuss his research into agrarian change in six tropical landscapes, suggesting the transition from forested landscape to more agrarian-dominated systems does not immediately result in better livelihood outcomes.

Additional talks will be presented by scientists David Gaveau, Manuel Boissiere, John E. Fa, Nathalie van Vliet and Lauren Coad, among others. For more information about CIFOR at ATBC2016, see here.