Forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
May 22-23 2013, Hilton Hotel, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Since the Rio Summit in 1992, sustainable forest management in Central Africa has certainly moved forward. But what has been achieved? What has been the impact of these changes? Where are we today and what are the future priorities for researchers, policy makers and practitioners? On May 22-23 at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé, Cameroon, CIFOR and partners will bring together Central Africa’s leading forestry stakeholders in a two-day policy and science conference to identify the most critical research questions and policy approaches for sustainable management of the region’s forest resources.

To register, click here.

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

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Green growth in Myanmar: an emerging democracy's vision for future development

Change is coming to Myanmar — the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma — at a rapid pace. Read CIFOR scientist Aaron Russell’s report from the second national forum on ‘Green Growth and Green Energy’ where he discusses the challenging choices faced by Myanmar’s government as it sets out to achieve its stated objective of green growth, while balancing the needs of foreign investors, preserving the environment and maintaining rural development.

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Measuring sustainable development must be made simple and affordable

The political talks towards new global goals are on. The Rio+20 congregation came up with the idea to agree on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that would set the stage for action under the post-2015 development agenda and supposedly define “The future we want” as stipulated in the Rio+20 outcome document. While indicator reports have made us more aware and better informed about development issues, it remains difficult to deduce what we mean by ‘progress’, and more importantly how we measure such progress. In his latest DG’s blog, Peter argues for keeping it simple.

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Globalisation, logging concessions, conservation organisations and local people

A commonly held view in the developed part of the world is that conservation organisations are doing “good” when offering small-scale development activities to improve local livelihoods of people in remote forested areas, such as those in southeast Cameroon. Logging concessions are also often seen as creating conflicts about resource use or environmental degradation while claiming to enhance local development, with little to show in reality. In this month’s POLEX, Robert Nasi reviews two recently published papers that paint a somewhat different and more complex picture of the relationships between industries, environment and local peoples in tropical forests.

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Join CIFOR at the World Forests Summit

Held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 5-6 March, The World Forests Summit: Achieving sustainable forest management on a global scale will see a leading group of experts from around the world openly exploring the tensions and compromises that are involved in creating a thriving global green economy. CIFOR's Director General, Peter Holmgren will deliver the conference keynote speech: 'Forestry from a landscape perspective: Opportunities for sustainable growth.' For further information and to register visit:

How much credit can Brazil take for slowing Amazon deforestation and how low can it go?

Brazilian policymakers can take some of the credit for a dramatic slowdown in the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon, say experts – but that’s not the whole story. In this blog, CIFOR explores the various actions Brazil and other Amazon states have taken to stop land clearing and whether this trend can last.  

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Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural chain remains untapped: Expert

Easy to grow, even on steep, marginal land unsuitable for other crops, bamboo has the potential to lift people in rural communities out of poverty, but only if management techniques and trade improves, a case study in southwestern China indicates.

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Losing carbon: New study questions sustainability of biofuel harvested on dry lands

Jatropha has been promoted as one of the best arid-land biofuel crops, in part because of the high yields of oil extracted from its seeds. It also has strong resistance to drought and pests. But cultivating it in a way that is beneficial to the environment is difficult, says a recent study, as production will need to double over the next 30 years to repay the carbon debt created by converting dry forest.

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Upcoming events

National Symposium, Value Chains of Furniture, other Forest Products and Ecosystem Services
14 February 2013, IPB International Convention Center, Bogor. more

The ABCFP's 65th Forestry Conference
20 - 22 February 2013, Prince George, Victoria BC, USA. more

World Forests Summit
5 6 March 2013, Stockholm, Sweden. more

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There are 3 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Scientist, Restoration and Plantation Forestry


Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist

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