The multi-million-dollar question: Is forest certification working?

Forest certification is considered a promising tool to improve forest management, but there needs to be a robust evaluation of a complex web of factors to establish its true value for various stakeholders, according to a new CIFOR report.

DG’s Blog
Fires and haze how to maintain a glow of interest?

Disasters — such as the recent Southeast Asia haze crisis — only briefly capture public and media attention. In this blog, CIFOR’s Director General explores whether this is contributing to a lack of long-term planning by decision makers.

Global Landscapes Forum gaining momentum Youth Session added, Dialogue pages launched, Registration tops 900

The Global Landscapes Forum – a two-day event on the sidelines of November’s U.N. Climate Change conference in Warsaw – will be the pre-eminent platform this year to forge an integrated approach to climate change, development and the role of our farms and forests. Poland’s Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are Host Country Partners; Minister of Environment and COP19 President H.E. Marcin Korolec, and Agriculture Minister H.E. Stanislaw Kalemba, are anticipated to speak at the event. To date, the GLF science committee has chosen 16 Technical and Networking Sessions and 11 Discussion Forums, go to for more information. Participants from more than 100 countries have registered; register soon to secure your place at the Forum.

Until then, you can join the discussion on these issues at the Global Landscapes Forum’s Dialogue pages. Our first discussion question: Should there be a Sustainable Development Goal on landscapes? Go to

We’re also seeking inspiring young professionals to share their experiences in the agriculture, forestry, conservation or fisheries sectors at Youth: The future of Sustainable Landscapes on the sidelines of the Global Landscapes Forum on 16 November in Warsaw. To apply, send a 200-word proposal to by Wednesday, 2 October.

We’re searching for a visionary new Governance Research Director

CIFOR is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research to oversee the development, management, delivery and scientific quality of CIFOR’s growing engagements in governance research. The Director will join the Center at a critical and exciting time for CIFOR as it expands thematically and globally with new initiatives in India, China, Kenya and Latin America. The application deadline is 20 November 2013. Click here for details.

POLEX A blog by forest policy experts
Should the media pay for wildlife conservation?

Wildlife documentaries are big business – not only do they generate millions of dollars in revenue, but they also reach millions of people to raise awareness of conservation and environment issues. So with their large profits and universal appeal, scientists Sven Wunder and Douglas Sheil ask in this month’s POLEX: Do filmmakers have a responsibility to help protect the species they film by paying to conserve biodiversity?

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Forests Asia: Opportunities for Green Growth in Southeast Asia

CIFOR will convene a major conference to elevate forests’ contribution to green growth in Southeast Asia. The event will position forests and landscapes at the core of the ASEAN Community 2015 process and will pursue a common regional stance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are seeking partnerships with regional organizations. For more information, visit or contact Adinda Hasan at

Interactive Timeline
Feudal past still discourages Ethiopia’s farmers from planting trees

The history of a country can influence attitudes toward the environment for centuries. In a blog and interactive timeline, we explore the history of Ethiopia — from the 13th century, when kings began pillaging the landscape, to modern-day regulations — to examine why farmers there are reluctant to plant trees on their land.

Indonesia president delivers promised REDD+ agency

A new decree signed by the Indonesian president to create a national agency aimed at combating greenhouse gas emissions signals progress in the country’s efforts to tackle global warming, said Daniel Murdiyarso, a principal scientist with CIFOR, but “this is only the beginning of huge tasks associated with forest and land governance.”

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Call for manuscript submissions for a special journal issue in Land on trade-offs between large-scale and small-scale forest commercialization. More information

Upcoming events

Expert Meeting on Strengthening Finance for Sustainable Forest Management through National Forest Funds
24 – 25 October 2013, CIFOR HQ, Bogor, Indonesia. More information

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

11 November 2013 - 22 November 2013, National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. More information

Global Landscapes Forum
16 - 17 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland. More information


There are 7 new job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Director of Governance Research


App developer


Communications Coordinator for Latin America


Senior Scientist, Management of Planted Forests


Scientist/Senior Scientist Forests and Governance Programme, ILEA


Senior Scientist, Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Post Doc Fellow for Hydrology, carbon dynamics and nutrient cycles in forest and forest transitions


Post Doc Fellow for REDD+ policies and Climate Change


Post Doctoral Fellow, Tenure


PhD on gender, policies and climate change


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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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Globalisations in a nutshell: Historical perspectives on the changing governance of the shea commodity chain in northern Ghana

Integrating adaptation into REDD+: Potential impacts and social return on investment in Sogod, Southern Leyte, Philippines

Forestry Research Collaboration Between FORDA and Partners: Improving sustainable research and development. Celebrating 100 years of forestry research in Indonesia

On taxing wildlife films and exposure to nature

Payments for forest environmental services in Vietnam: From policy to practice

Tenure and participation in local REDD+ projects: Insights from southern Cameroon

The context of REDD+ in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Drivers, agents and institutions

Integrating adaptation into REDD+: Potential impacts and social return on investment in Setulang, Malinau District, Indonesia

Certified and uncertified logging concessions compared in Gabon: Changes in stand structure, tree species, and biomass

Artisanal chainsaw milling to support decentralized management of timber in Central Africa? An analysis through the theory of access

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