Launch An online hub for information about landscape approach

What exactly is a “landscape”? How do you practice a “landscape approach”? Look no further than – an online hub for news, events, graphics, definitions and case study examples of the landscape approach.

Check out this week’s special feature story: Drawing, role-playing and 3D maps: How a landscape approach can work on the ground.

Register now to reserve your place at the Global Landscapes Forum

Registrations for the Global Landscapes Forum — a two-day event on the sidelines of November’s U.N. Climate Change conference in Warsaw — are filling fast, so register now.

Keynote speaker Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, will be joined by other high-level speakers and panelists to discuss how the world can find combined solutions for climate-change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable resource use, poverty eradication, food security and a growing need for energy.

We’re also pleased to announce Warsaw University as the host organization and Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Environment as official partners.

POLEX A blog by forest policy experts
Why don’t women participate in forest governance and what difference will their participation make?

A recent literature review revealed that most gender and forestry research is occurring in South Asia, primarily due to the pioneering work of Indian development economist, Bina Agarwal. In this POLEX, CIFOR postdoctoral fellow Bimbika Sijapati Basnett discusses how a recent study extends Agarwal’s analysis to Africa and Latin America – and challenges some long-held assumptions about how women participate in forest governance.

Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks — scientists

Strengthening the capacity of the Central African Republic to adapt to climate change could help build peace in the landlocked country, which has been hampered by political instability and civil conflict since it achieved independence from France in 1960, a new CIFOR study suggests.

Large trees play key role in tropical forest biomass storage — study

A large-scale study has found that a handful of big trees store up to half the above-ground biomass in tropical forests, raising implications for forest management and climate change mitigation. “Only 3 percent of the forests are made up of big trees, but these trees store up to half the biomass,” said Ferry Slik, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “If just a few of these large trees die, it immediately has a major impact.”

Amazon smallholders use fast-growing timber to supplement income

Smallholder farmers in the Amazon sell timber from trees that have grown on fallow fields to improve income, but such production can go unrecognized in official statistics — often because it is commercialized through informal channels, according to new research.

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Design benefit-sharing carefully, or risk undermining REDD+, researchers warn

Mechanisms for sharing the benefits from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects must be well-designed or they could create problems in the long term, CIFOR researchers find in a new global comparative study. They found two of the most serious issues are unclear tenure and land rights, and under-representation of local people —problems that tend to arise from the political setting and the design of institutions.

India’s Jenu Kuruba forest honey industry sticks to tradition — study

Observing how honey-gathering skills are passed from one generation to another, and how such skills are retained, a new CIFOR study is providing important insight into the way people acquire and deploy different types of social knowledge at different ages.

Upcoming events

Future Directions of Small-scale and Community-based Forestry
8 - 12 September 2013, Centennial Hall, Kyushu University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan. More information

IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition
15 - 20 September 2013, Granada Congress Centre, Granada, Spain. More information

12th meeting of the European Tropical Forestry Advisors (ETFAG) Group
16 - 18 September 2013, Forestry Training Centre, Lyss, Canton Bern, Switzerland. More information

The 11th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
16 - 27 September 2013, Windhoek Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Republic of Namibia. More information

EFI 20 Years: Our forests in the 21st century – ready for risks and opportunities?
23 - 27 September 2013, Nancy, France. More information

Science Forum 2013, “Nutrition and health outcomes: Targets for agricultural research”
23 - 25 September 2013, Bonn, Germany. More information

First International Conference on Global Food Security
29 September - 2 October 2013, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. More information


There are 7 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Communications Coordinator for Africa


Senior Scientist, Management of Planted Forests


Scientist/Senior Scientist Forests and Governance Programme, ILEA


Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Consultant for Information, Monitoring and Reporting


Science Editor/Writer


Consultant for Infographic Designer


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An overview of current knowledge about the impacts of forest management certification: A proposed framework for its evaluation

Gender and natural resource governance indicators: A need to assess and address ‘sensitive and taboo’ topics

The Dynamic forest commons of Central America: New directions for research

Institutional perceptions, adaptive capacity and climate change response in a post-conflict country: A case study from Central African Republic

Leakage effects in natural resource supply chains: A case study from the Peruvian commercial charcoal market

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