Government ministers, experts headed to CIFOR conference in Central Africa
May 22-23, Hilton Hotel, Yaoundé, Cameroon

As many as 400 people are expected to attend a two-day policy and science conference next month in Cameroon to discuss critical issues facing the sustainable management of Central Africa’s forests. The 40 confirmed speakers at the conference include government ministers, global experts, researchers and private-sector stakeholders.

This is part of a series of events for CIFOR’s 20th anniversary. Learn more at cifor.org/20years.

Press Release
CIFOR launches regional program in South Asia

CIFOR launches an ambitious new research program in India to bolster study of the forests of South Asia – a region facing increasing pressures from climate change, poverty and depletion of natural resources. Focusing specifically on the Western Ghats mountain range along West India and the Himalayas, Louis Verchot, CIFOR’s lead scientist for the program, believes a multi-sectoral approach could help achieve positive and sustainable outcomes for local communities.

DG’s blog
Could the Sustainable Development Goals include Landscapes?

CIFOR Director General, Peter Holmgren proposes a possible configuration of the Sustainable Development Goals, which are expected to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. “Rural economies including agriculture, forestry and fisheries have often been underrepresented in development frameworks such as the MDGs. Yet, they represent some of the largest issues and potentials for all dimensions of sustainable development in all regions,” he writes.

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Live Coverage
Forests for Food Security and Nutrition Conference
13-15 May, 2013

CIFOR will be live blogging from FAO’s upcoming conference on food security on 13-15 May. Follow our updates on liveblog.cifor.org. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Forests4FoodSecurity or email your comments and questions directly to the live blog using 96092@scribblelive.com.

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Science Dispatch
Norway’s government pension fund divests from palm oil producers

Norway’s government pension fund – one of the world’s largest – has withdrawn US$314 million in investments from a string of companies that it says produce palm oil “unsustainably” – a move environmental advocates are likely to welcome because of links between the industry and deforestation. In this blog, CIFOR researcher Sophia Gnych examines what this means for the palm oil industry and whether other investors will follow suit.

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Science Dispatch
The Economist says we can simply adapt to climate change. We think they are mistaken.

A recent article in The Economist magazine asserted that the air temperature of the planet has been flat for the past 15 years despite a steady increase in the greenhouse gas concentration of the atmosphere. In this blog, CIFOR scientists Louis Verchot and Arild Angelsen question both the claim that global temperatures have stabilized and the policy conclusions drawn by The Economist.

Forest-dwelling Borneo children foresee grim times ahead – study

Children living in the Indonesian forests on Borneo island portray a bleak image of the future, according to preliminary findings on environmental perceptions revealed by CIFOR researcher Anne-Sophie Pellier. Drawings by almost 250 children between the ages of nine and 15 living in the provinces of East and West Kalimantan consistently depict a future environment characterized by mostly non-forest landscapes, with animals either non-existent or corralled into small areas.

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Upcoming events

International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
13 – 15 May 2013, Rome, Italy. More information »

3rd International Congress on Planted Forests
16 – 21 May 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. More information »

Second Forests for People Conference
19 – 23 May 2013, Michigan, United States. More information »

Sustainable Forest Management in Central Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
22 – 23 May 2013, Yaounde, Cameroon. More information »

African Development Bank Group Annual Meeting
27 – 31 May 2013, Marrakech, Morocco. More information »

B4E Climate Summit 2013: Net Zero, Climate Positive
28 – 29 May 2013, London, United Kingdom. More information »

17th Indonesia Environment Week
30 May 2013 – 2 June 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia. More information »


There are 7 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Human Resources Officer for Recruitment and Staff Development


Senior Scientist, Management of Planted Forests


Senior Scientist, Governance for Planted Forests


Scientist/Senior Scientist Forests and Governance Programme, ILEA


Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist


Consultant (Remote Sensing and GIS), Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (M-2 & M-3)

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CIFOR advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a CGIAR Consortium Research Center. CIFOR’s headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia and it also has offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

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The current vulnerability in the Virunga landscape, Rwanda

The Monte Alen–Monts De Cristal Landscape

Current vulnerability in the Tri-National de la Sangha landscape, Cameroon

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