Despite threats to habitat, new photos provide hope for endangered Javan Leopard

Just 100 kilometers from one of the world’s most populated cities, camera traps placed in an Indonesian national park have captured striking, high-quality images of critically endangered Javan leopard. As animals across Indonesia increasingly move into areas frequented by humans, scientists are hoping that monitoring the territories of these big cats will inform policies to reduce conflict between wildlife and humans.


CIFOR’s two-day science and policy conference was attended by more than 500 guests and participants, and hosted by the Cameroonian Minister of Forestry and Wildlife. Just released are videos, slide presentations, photos and blogs in English and French on the future of Central Africa’s forests as well a declaration from the conference’s closing ceremony. 

For DR Congo’s forests, legislation is only part of the solution

The Democratic Republic of Congo has made a major effort to get their forestry legislation in order. But implementation of these regulations on the ground will need significant improvement, a new CIFOR report says.

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Forest management in Central Africa: We’ve come a long way but there's still a long way to go

Management of the forests of the Congo Basin in Central Africa has come a long way in the past 20 years, says Richard Eba’a Atyi, CIFOR’s Central Africa Coordinator, but there remains much to be done. We need to see a dramatic increase in properly managed areas over the next 20 years, not a return to the business-as-usual exploitation of forests.

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US, EU timber import regulations could bankrupt Central Africa’s small-scale loggers: experts

Loggers in Central Africa could be driven out of business due to the high operating costs needed to comply with timber trade policies in Europe and the US. But local officials in Cameroon who grant forest titles could help alleviate some of these costs by providing technical support during development of new forest management plans, says a new study.

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Could radio help mitigate climate change in the Congo Basin?

Climate change is hitting the Congo Basin region hard as communities struggle to adapt to rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. Scientists are trying to help — using radio to spread the word. “Since we started broadcasting…farmers have been coming to our studio for more information on how to deal with unpredictable seasons and have better harvests,” said Mngo Demse, a community radio journalist in Cameroon.


2012 Annual Report released - CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Last year saw major achievements for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) lead by the Center for International Forestry Research in partnership with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

In 2012 — the program's first full year of implementation — the teams completed 72% of planned research milestones, launched a gender strategy, completed a monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment strategy, selected priority landscapes, and rolled-out a budgeting process designed to stimulate cross-center synergies.

Read the newly released 2012 Annual Report here.

Global Landscapes Forum: Shaping the climate agenda for forests and agriculture

The Global Landscapes Forum will take place from November 16-17, 2013, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, to examine the potential of the landscape approach to inform future UNFCCC agreements achieve the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Organizations will soon be invited to host technical and science sessions and exhibition booths. For more information, contact Ann-Kathrin Neureuther at

The Forum is jointly coordinated by CIFOR on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) on behalf of the members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Consortium.

POLEX: Blog by Forest Policy Experts
Forests and food security: back on the global agenda

Scientific and popular literature alike are replete with calls for increased food production to solve the hunger problem. However food production need not be solely based on intensive agriculture — which leads to a need for more fertilizer, more water and quite probably the conversion of remaining natural ecosystems to arable farmland — says scientist Terry Sunderland in this POLEX. Forests, and the wider landscapes in which they occur, have a considerable role to play in food and nutrition security strategies.

Edible insects improve diets and livelihoods of up to 2 billion people – scientists

More than 1,900 insect species form part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people, providing a nutritious food source high in protein, vitamin, fiber and mineral content, scientists have said in a new report.


Look who isn’t talking now: REDD+ information flows in Indonesia

The REDD+ policy process in Indonesia is not fulfilling its promise of greater participation and inclusiveness, says a new CIFOR info brief. This is despite the fact that, more than any other policy issue in Indonesia, REDD+ has attracted and involved a multitude of diverse actors outside the government, including NGOs, donors and the private sector.

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Upcoming events

9th International Carbon Dioxide Conference
3 – 7 June 2013, Beijing, China. More »

14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), The Commons
3 – 7 June 2013, Mount Fuji, Japan. More »

UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) session 38
3 – 14 June 2013, Bonn, Germany. More »

Baltic Sea Region Conference, Interdisciplinary Research for Higher Socioeconomic Value of Forests
10 – 12 June 2013, Salaspils, Latvia. More »

Third IUFRO Latin American Congress
12 – 15 June 2013, San José, Costa Rica. More »

The 3rd Annual Conference of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)
13 – 14 June 2013, London, England. More »

Agriculture and Human Values and Society for the Anthropology, Food and Nutrition Conference: Toward Sustainable Foodscapes and Landscapes
19 – 23 June 2013, Michigan, USA. More »

50th Anniversary Meeting Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
23 – 27 June 2013, San José, Costa Rica. More »


There are 7 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Senior Accountants


Resource Development Officer


Manager, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships


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


Research Editor


Climate Change Communications Coordinator

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Annual Report 2012 - CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Supporting local adaptive capacity to climate change in the Congo basin forest of Cameroon: A participatory action research approach

Linking forest tenure reform, environmental compliance, and incentives: Lessons from REDD+ initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon

How are REDD+ proponents addressing tenure problems? Evidence from Brazil, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Vietnam

Local communities’ and indigenous peoples’ rights to forests in Central Africa: From hope to challenges

Linking great ape conservation and poverty alleviation: Sharing experiences from Africa and Asia

Engaging local communities in low emissions land-use planning: A case study from Laos

Does Tenure Security Lead to REDD+ Project Effectiveness?: Reflections from Five Emerging Sites in Indonesia

Gender strategy for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA)

Approaches to benefit sharing: A preliminary comparative analysis of 13 REDD+ countries

Food security and nutrition: The role of forests

From large to small: Reorienting rural development policies in response to climate change, food security and poverty

REDD+ policy networks in Indonesia

Dynamics of the charcoal and indigenous timber trade in Zambia: A scoping study in Eastern, Northern and Northwestern provinces

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