100 speakers, 1,200 participants, live video streaming

If you will be in Warsaw for COP19, join us at the Global Landscapes Forum. Speakers include Rajendra Pachauri of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Marcin Korolec, Polish Minister of Environment and COP President; Ruth De Fries of Columbia University’s Earth Institute; and Peter Bakker of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The Forum will address various components of the landscape, including forests, farms and mountains; hopes are high that a landscape debate will reinvigorate the stalled climate talks. Register now (only a few seats remain) or watch live online at www.landscapes.org.

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What is a landscape and why it is important

The landscapes approach is not new to development, conservation or research. Many, including CIFOR, have emphasized the importance of working across sectors on the ground. What is new, however, is a broad, high-level interest in the approach. CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren explains why.

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Visit the newly rebuilt ForestsClimateChange.org to find the latest research, news, tools and debate on forest and climate change from CIFOR and other leading organizations worldwide. We hope to build an active community of best practice and welcome links to new work in this field and tips with story ideas. Contact: editor@forestsclimatechange.org or tweet @ForestsCC

We will have two experienced climate writers at the UNFCCC COP in Warsaw. Follow their coverage:

Causes of deforestation getting lost in REDD+ rhetoric analysis

Debates about REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), a UN-backed program that aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by creating incentives to keep trees standing, are skirting a fundamental issue by failing to discuss what actually causes deforestation in the first place, a media analysis has found.

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POLEX A blog by forest policy experts
Biofuels and forests: revisiting the debate

Much of the initial optimism about the contribution of biofuels to energy security, climate change mitigation and rural development has given way to skepticism about its economic viability and bad publicity about related land-grabbing and environmental destruction. Within a highly polarized discourse of “for” and “against”, the debate has shown little nuance and has been rife with poorly qualified assumptions. With the biofuel sector still in its infancy, do these assumptions really hold up to further scrutiny or are biofuels being prematurely dismissed?

CIFOR is convening a two-day conference on sustainable forest landscapes for green growth in Southeast Asia. Expected to attract more than 1,000 participants, the event will position forests and landscapes at the core of ongoing ASEAN processes and will pursue a common regional stance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are seeking partnerships with regional organizations and will soon be accepting applications for organizations to host sessions. For more information, visit forestsasia.org or contact Adinda Hasan at a.hasan@cgiar.org

Board game puts new spin on competitive land-use dynamics

Life. Risk. Monopoly. Board games such as these can reflect and diffuse frameworks for thinking about life, war, even land use. But frameworks change with the times, and a board game recently developed by a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research seeks to provide an alternative by helping people to understand and manage contemporary problems related to land use and economics. The Landscape Game, invented by scientist Herry Purnomo, stands in stark contrast to a more familiar game that encompasses those same themes.

Forging a path for policymakers amid Mesoamerica climate uncertainty

An increasingly warmer, drier climate in Central America and Mexico in the next 20 years could negatively affect the region’s biodiversity and ecosystem services, new studies show. This poses unique challenges for farmers, policymakers and governments in the Mesoamerican region, according to research presented at a recent conference in Costa Rica.

Upcoming events

49th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees
25 November 2013 - 30 November 2013, Libreville, Gabon. More information

Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development
25-26 November 2013, Singapore. More information

B4E Indonesia Summit
28 November 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia. More information

Evaluating Forest Conservation Initiatives: New Tools and Policy Needs
10-12 December 2013, Barcelona, Spain. More information


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CIFOR advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

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Greenhouse gas emission factors for land use and land-use change in Southeast Asian peatlands

Botanical identification of medicinal roots collected and traded in Morocco and comparison to the existing literature

Assessing the extent of “conflict of use” in multipurpose tropical forest trees: A regional view

Climate change mitigation strategies should include tropical wetlands

Wild foods from farm and forest in the east Usambara mountains, Tanzania

The context of REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Drivers, agents and institutions

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