Join CIFOR and partners in upcoming major conference in Central Africa
22-23 May 2013, Hilton Hotel, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Applications have just opened for organisations to take part in the Issues Marketplace — an interactive networking and discussion session — during the science and policy event Sustainable forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Bringing together the region's leading policymakers, donors, media, researchers and forest experts, the conference will discuss issues such as food and nutrition, multi use-management in forested landscape and climate change adaptation. Nearly 200 participants have already signed up, with more than 50 speakers expected to appear. To register please click here.

Exhibition tabletops are also running out fast. For information on how your organisation can apply for a tabletop, click here.

This is one in a series of CIFOR’s 20th anniversary events. Come celebrate with us:

CIFOR's 20th Anniversary
Sign CIFOR's anniversary guestbook!

As CIFOR celebrates its anniversary this year, we are asking friends, colleagues and former staff members to share their experiences of CIFOR over the past 20 years.  Whether your stories or thoughts are about a project, a publication or a team member, we would like to hear them and how they have contributed to CIFOR’s growth, mission and influence.  Commemorate our past and share your thoughts about our future by posting a message here.

Understanding the role of forest income in rural livelihoods: Insights from China

With almost a quarter of the world’s population relying on forest resources for their livelihoods, understanding how forests can improve the lives of the poorest people is an important topic in economic development. In this POLEX, CIFOR scientist Louis Putzel, discusses a recent article which show that rural households in a poor and remote mountainous region in southern China gets more than 30% of their livelihoods from managing plantation forests.

Related reading:

DG's blog
Evidence-based forestry – a core driver in policy-making

In his most recent blog, Director General Peter Holmgren, discusses CIFOR’s forestry research in light of increasing expectations that policies should be evidence based: “While recognising that scientific research is an important source of evidence, it is important to clarify that science does not, per se, provide policy issues, nor is it the only source of what counts as authoritative evidence’".

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Follow Peter on Twitter: @pholmgren

Forests as rainmakers: CIFOR scientist gains support for a controversial hypothesis

A new study boosts support for the physics behind a controversial theory that forests play a significant role in determining rainfall, creating atmospheric winds that pump moisture across continents. It suggests that by strategically replanting forests, we can revolutionise the way we understand local climates, and their vulnerability. The theory suggest that by attracting rainfall into desert and arid regions like the African Sahel, where drought has, for years, ravaged crops and induced famine, there is a possibility of reversing these climes to stimulate livelihoods.

Related publications:

Science dispatch
Is financing sustainable forest management an inappropriate use of public funding?

The long-running debate about how best to conserve forests and improve livelihoods in forest-rich tropical countries has resurfaced in a very recent (and yet to be officially released) report by the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). In this science dispatch, CIFOR scientist Robert Nasi, who contributes to the debate, by discussing some of the challenges in finding the ‘right’ approaches to sustainable forest management, suggests that by looking at forests at the landscape scale could provide an agreed framework for policy actions.  

Related publications:

Latin America's forests – what lies ahead in 2013?

In the past year, Latin America’s forests saw progress, as well as setbacks, that will shape ecosystem health and have implications for national and regional forest policies in 2013. We look at issues concerning Latin America in the year ahead.

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Small businesses band together to meet high cost of Indonesia's timber certification scheme

Next month, the Indonesian government will have fully phased in legislation requiring all furniture companies exporting to the European market to prove they have sourced legally harvested timber. While this has been touted as a step in the right direction for conservation, this recent CIFOR blog examines how, for many small carvers, the high costs associated with the new certification scheme are simply unaffordable.

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Upcoming events

The 2013 Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference
5–7 March 2013, Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. more

ATBC – Asia Pacific Chapter Annual Meeting 2013
18–22 March 2013, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. more

World Teak Conference 2013
25–30 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand. more

Events calendar


There are 5 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Scientist Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment


Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist


Scientist/Senior Scientist Forests and Governance Programme, ILEA


Scientific Advisor

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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 role of forest-related income in household economies and rural livelihoods in the border-region of Southern China


Gender in the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: A summary of the strategy for research and action


Framing local outcomes of biodiversity conservation through ecosystem services: A case study from Ranomafana, Madagascar

The context

The application of participatory action research to climate change adaptation in Africa: A reference guide


Women's participation in forest management: A cross-country analysis


Global Reporting Initiative and social impact in managing corporate responsibility: A case study of three multinationals in the forest industry

The context

Bosques y árboles para la adaptación social al cambio y la variabilidad del clima


The context of REDD+ in Nepal: Drivers, agents, and institutions

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