CIFOR steps up to global development agenda with new 10-year strategy

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is pleased to release its 2016–2025 strategy, focused on “stepping up to the new climate and development agenda”.

The Strategy, which is the result of 18 months of deliberation and consultation, both within CIFOR and with partners, sets out CIFOR’s mission, vision and values, all founded on the three pillars of Research for impact, Capacity development and Outreach and engagement.

The Strategy also sets out CIFOR’s six thematic work areas, which are explicitly aligned with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CIFOR’s Director General Peter Holmgren described the result as “a new strategy for new times”.

“We are looking at forestry in a broad way – in terms of its full contribution to sustainable development,” he said.

“This is what CIFOR has always been working with. What we are doing is putting CIFOR’s work in a new and widely known context.”

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The CIFOR Strategy 2016–2025 is available as a summary and a full version here.

In CIFOR’s strategy:


CIFOR envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all.


CIFOR advances human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by conducting innovative research, developing partners’ capacity and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people.

Thematic work areas

  • Forests and human well-being
  • Sustainable landscapes and food
  • Equal opportunities, gender, justice and tenure
  • Climate change, energy and low-carbon development
  • Value chains, finance and investment
  • Forest management and restoration

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