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Sharing positive views about forests and trees on the International Day of Forests

In this blog, CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren celebrates the first U.N. International Day of Forests by stressing the need to look beyond the negative messages often associated with forests, and instead, focus on the positive contributions that forests make in providing food, fuel, livelihoods, and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is also a time to look at forests within the entire landscape, “Don’t limit your focus to the forest as such, or you will miss the bigger picture”.

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Cameroonian ministers for forests and environment to speak at CIFOR Yaoundé conference

Join government ministers, researchers, development experts, and other leading forestry stakeholders from across the Congo Basin for CIFOR’s two-day policy and science conference, Sustainable forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. The event, to be held 22-23 May, will identify the most critical research questions and policy approaches for sustainable management of the region’s forest resources. Spaces are limited, so register now.

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

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Maintaining forestry's identity among global challenges

While many forestry experts and practitioners recognise the need to look at forests and agriculture within a broader landscape, CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren addresses the concerns of those who fear that forestry will be overwhelmed by the interests of the larger farming and food security sectors. No need to fear, says Holmgren, the contribution of forests to meeting wider sustainable development goals will “maintain forestry’s identity by placing it where it truly belongs, together with agriculture – partners in creating a sustainable future”.

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Forests Africa: Opportunities for a green economy
17-19 September, Nairobi

The conference — convened by CIFOR and the United Nations Environment Programme — will take a step toward repositioning forests within Africa’s economic and political landscape. It will increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities for forests to contribute to green economies at the local, national and regional levels through sustainable management, REDD+, trade of forest products and services, and inclusive processes. The event will provide a platform for key players from government, the private sector, civil society, media, as well as the research and development sectors to identify the range of enabling policies required. Registration will open in May. To learn more, see here.

What do people think? Finding optimism in tree plantations

As large-scale tree plantations have expanded in many tropical countries in the past 50 years, they have developed a bad reputation, says CIFOR scientist Manuel Guariguata. In this POLEX, he discusses a recent article examining local community perceptions of tree plantations in Uruguay and Chile with some interesting results.

‘Dirty Science’: Excavating the truth about mangroves and carbon

Chest-deep in brackish, tea-coloured water, a team of scientists wades into a towering mangrove forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. “We are doing science in a dirty way,” says project leader Joko Purbopuspito, a CIFOR post-doctoral research fellow, as he attempts to measure and quantify the carbon stored in the roots and soil of Indonesia’s mangroves – one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth.

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New Rights to Nicaragua’s Forests: Are women included?

Women in indigenous Nicaraguan communities play a vital role in daily life, making key decisions on everything from family and financial matters to which food crops to grow. But there’s one area that remains largely out-of-bounds and considered the domain of men: the management of forests. This blog examines recent CIFOR research in the country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region, which has been trying to bridge the gender divide.

See other CIFOR content for International Women’s Day here.

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New training manual gives researchers tools to tackle tenure

Tenure rights to forests are notoriously complex, but a new CIFOR guide attempts to help students, researchers and practitioners understand why forest tenure matters, who should benefit and how to manage competing interests. The manual hopes to improve tenure research design, as well as forest policy and practice where local rights concerns are relevant.

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Participant survey: 82% say Forest Day important in providing information to climate negotiations

For those that participated in Forest Day 6 (and others), read our full report of the event here. Thank you to everyone who participated in the participant survey.

Upcoming events

The Institute of Foresters of Australia, National Conference ‘Managing our Forests into the 21st Century’
7 – 11 April 2013, Canberra, Australia. more

Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
8 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. more

The First Food Security Futures Conference
11 – 12 April 2013, Dublin, Ireland. more

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There are 7 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist


Scientist/Senior Scientist Forests and Governance Programme, ILEA


Scientific Advisor, Forester


Senior Scientist, Governance for Planted Forests


Senior Scientist, Management of Planted Forests


Scientist/Senior Scientist, Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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