Forests for a sustainable future: CIFOR’s 2014 annual report

Peat fires in Sumatra, forestry degrees in the DRC, the world’s largest reforestation program in China, timber growers in Peru and Indonesia, adaptation in the Sahel, and global bushmeat networks: just some of the topics that CIFOR’s research covered in 2014, through 70 active projects in 42 countries.

Now available, our Annual Report 2014: Forests for a sustainable future showcases how CIFOR is focused on these topics and more, helping keep forests, landscapes and forest communities high on the global development agenda.

Read the online version, featuring full-length stories, interactive graphics, staff videos, and photo galleries, or download the print version for the key highlights from the year. Coming soon in French, Spanish and Indonesian.

Over 20 feature stories showcase CIFOR’s focus on Great Science, Global Dialogue and Knowledge Building, including:

  • Fire and haze, a burning issue after smoke from Sumatra blanketed Singapore and Malaysia: CIFOR responded with evidence-based research now in high demand by Southeast Asia’s governments.
  • CIFOR’s Bushmeat Research Initiative, bringing together otherwise isolated, fragmented research from five bushmeat networks.
  • Working with Peru’s forest authorities, scientists leveraged their project data to revise smallholder regulations and recommend rural assistance programs.
  • CIFOR’s Communications team continued to bring the science of forests to a global audience.
  • Analysis of deforestation data in Brazil, highlighting the need for more than fines and penalties if the country is to meet its 2020 targets.
  • CIFOR continues to support the training of dozens of students in the DRC, helping to protect the second largest contiguous tropical forest in the world.
  • In the Congo Basin, scientists discovered that voluntary FSC certification schemes resulted in safer and greener working conditions than legally required.
  • Insights from CIFOR’s Poverty Environment Network were shared with stakeholders on a large scale.
  • CIFOR is working with Chinese authorities to better evaluate the world’s largest and most ambitious afforestation program Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program, which has invested at least USD 42 billion and replanted over 27 million hectares of land.