Workshop “Natural Rubber Systems and Climate Change”

23 - 25 June 2020, Online


Integration of Rubber in a broad Climate Change and Sustainability Policies, including Economic and Social Dimensions

The workshop aims to review recent research results on impacts of climate on rubber production, potential means of adaptation and contribution to mitigation of climate change, to identify knowledge and research gaps as well as recommendations for action.

Natural rubber production is impacted by climate change and needs to adapt to it. It can contribute to the adaptation of the populations that draw benefits from it. It can also play a major role in mitigation of climate change, both as a carbon sink and as an alternative to the use of synthetic products. However, natural rubber is rarely integrated in discussions on climate change at international level nor part of climate change related strategies, programs and measures.

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is organizing, with the International Rubber Research and development Board (IRRDB), the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) led by CIFOR, and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), a digital workshop on natural rubber systems and climate change.

Chairperson: Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz b S A Kadir, Secretary General, IRRDB

  • Natural Rubber a strategic material for a sustainable world
    Salvatore Pinizzotto, IRSG
  • Towards circular bio-economy : a research initiative
    Christopher Martius, CIFOR
  • The Sustainable Wood for a sustainable world initiative and its relevance to the rubber and climate change agenda
    Michael Brady, CIFOR
  • FLEGT and other mechanisms to promote wood trade legality and avoided deforestation
    Paolo Cerutti, CIFOR
  • Jurisdictional approaches to land use change and managing competition between rubber sector and other uses
    Amy Duchelle ,CIFOR
  • Feedback from a rubber sector perspective (from workshop presenters), Q&A


Salvatore Pinizzotto

International Rubber Study Group

Christopher Martius

Director gerente de CIFOR Alemania
Investigador principal de CIFOR-ICRAF

Michael Allen Brady

Team Leader, Value Chains, Finance, & Investments

Paolo Cerutti

Senior Scientist and Interim Hub Leader - Nairobi, CIFOR

Amy Duchelle

Team leader - Climate change, energy & low-carbon, CIFOR



25 June 2020