Ignoring forests won't bring Rio+20's 'future we want'

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia ConferenceIn June 2012 around 40,000 participants are expected to attend one of the most important environmental gatherings in a generation – Rio+20. A draft agenda has been released, bearing the slogan "The Future We Want" but with forests only mentioned briefly in the text and in isolation to other key issues, CIFOR Principal Scientist Louis Verchot asks: will the summit really help develop a future we want?

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On the Menu: Forests

 Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference For almost as long as our species has lived on earth, we have fed ourselves directly from the bounty of forests, grasslands and other wild places. Now a largely urban species, having multiplied greatly and changed the face of the earth, we often forget or grossly misunderstand the continuing role of forests in feeding what are now the world's billions. In this POLEX, Christine Padoch, the Director of CIFOR's Forests and Livelihoods Programme, aims to dispel the common myth that forests have ceased to be important to food security, especially as our numbers and needs grow and change.

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New study highlights need for REDD+ to look beyond carbon

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea Agricultural policies worldwide have traditionally favoured the conversion of rotating crops to homogenous, permanent rubber plantations because they are often perceived to be more beneficial for local development and better sequesters of carbon. However, this needs to be reconsidered – especially if REDD+ is to be mainstreamed, says a recent study involving the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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Rush to acquire African farmland risks countries bearing costs of global resource scarcity, says study

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea The recent rush to acquire farmland in order to meet rising global demands for food and fuel is putting African countries at risk of bearing the social, economic, and environmental costs of global resource scarcity, says a new CIFOR study.

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All that glitters is not gold: Precious metal mining in Congo should stay small for the sake of the forest

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea The harmful impacts of gold and diamond mining on the Congo Basin rainforest can be minimised by ensuring that operations stay small, so locals employed by the sector continue to be motivated to preserve the forests where they live and work, advises a new CIFOR study.

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US biofuel policy excludes Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil amid industry protests

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea Palm oil industry experts in Indonesia and Malaysia -- two of the world's largest producers -- have criticised a recent analysis by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that biodiesel produced by palm oil does not qualify as a renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

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