Indicators and data on forests and their surrounding populations could provide much-needed information on poverty and livelihoods.
  • With the depletion of natural resources in many countries, economic growth will become dependent on sustainable practices. Private sector investment in the forest sector is seven times greater than the total official development assistance for the forestry sector in developing countries. Forest cover acts as a flagship for sustainable practices, driving awareness and support for biodiversity values, climate change mitigation, and forest livelihoods.
  • Growing awareness of the value of forests is resulting in sustainability pledges from the private sector, driven by pressure from consumers and multinational organizations. In Indonesia, large agroforestry businesses are pledging zero-deforestation and reduced carbon footprints, and committing to socially responsible actions. This could cause a significant reduction on greenhouse gas emissions and change consumption patterns globally.
  • Multilateral environmental agreements have the potential to provide political support for improved and secure access to natural resources, empowering people living in poverty. This can give a voice to communities in decision-making and governance processes, improving community welfare and management of resources.
The CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025 aligns CIFOR’s research with the Sustainable Development Goals, to put CIFOR’s work into the context of the new climate and development agenda.

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