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Each year, CIFOR’s research and scientists are mentioned in over 1,500 news stories by local and international media outlets worldwide. Find the latest here, with over a decade of archives.

How does the global commodity collapse impact forest conservation?

Given the many factors at play, the impact of low commodity prices on conservation are far from certain. Past down cycles provide mixed evidence. Generally, low prices lead to lower investment, translating to lower land values. And vice versa. However that relationship may not hold everywhere for all commodities. For example, countries that derive an unusually high percentage of their wealth from oil have sometimes experienced the opposite, according to Sven Wunder, a researcher at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).