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President Yudhoyono to give global policy address on future of Indonesia’s forests ahead of Rio+20 summit

12 Jun 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY Broadcast live Wednesday 13 June at 2pm Jakarta time (EST+12) (GMT+7) (CET +6) Watch live video stream online: or BOGOR, Indonesia (12 June 2012) _ Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to give a global policy address themed “Forests in the future we want” at the headquarters of the Center […]

CIFOR taps FAO expert as new Director General

08 Jun 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dr Peter Holmgren selected to lead the Center for International Forestry Research Bogor, Indonesia (8 June, 2012)—As forest conservation and sustainable development take centre stage in the lead up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (known as Rio+20), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced today the appointment of […]

Brazilian and Norwegian environment ministers to discuss critical importance of forests for a green economy on sidelines of Rio+20

07 Jun 2012

*** MEDIA INVITATION *** Journalists are urged to register now by emailing Royal Tulip Hotel, Rio de Janeiro Tuesday 19 June, 14:00 Despite being largely left off the official agenda at Rio+20, forests are set to receive attention from two important environmental policymakers at this month’s summit, with the Brazilian and Norwegian Ministers of […]

Global community needs to invest in MRV capacity in forest-rich developing countries to make REDD+ work

16 Apr 2012

For immediate release For more information: Leony Aurora Center for International Forestry Research Cell: +62-811-108-2309 BOGOR, Indonesia (17 April 2012) _ The international community needs to help developing countries increase their ability to measure and monitor the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that they save by safeguarding their forests if a UN-backed climate change […]

Deforestation rates double in the Congo Basin: Report

19 Mar 2012

For immediate release (March 20, 2012) _ Although the level of deforestation in the world’s second-largest tropical forest remains relatively low compared to similar regions in Asia and Latin America, the latest satellite-based monitoring data has revealed that the annual rates of gross deforestation in the Congo Basin have doubled since 1990, according to a […]

A major step in the fight against hunger as CGIAR Consortium attains International Organization Status

04 Mar 2012

PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL 2 MARCH AT 13:00 GMT PARIS, FRANCE (2 March 2012) – The CGIAR Consortium, representing the world’s largest global agriculture research partnership aimed at reducing rural poverty and hunger was officially granted International Organization status today. The Agreement conferring the status was signed today by Ms. Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Ambassador of […]

Rio+20 conference should capitalize on the values that forests offer to sustainable development

14 Dec 2011

As preparations for Rio+20 continue at the 2nd Inter-sessional Meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in UN Headquarters and the International Year of Forests draws to a close, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), are calling upon countries to capitalize on forests contributions and opportunities at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

Experts: New wave of deforestation threatens Africa’s climate resilience

05 Dec 2011

DURBAN (4 December 2011) — A new wave of deforestation is sweeping across Africa decimating wildlife and threatening the resilience of its ecosystems to withstand the effects of climate change — especially in the area food security, experts said.

Ambitious 10-Year global research program aims to protect forest-carbon stocks, reduce risks for millions of farmers and forest communities

04 Dec 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (4 December 2011)—With declining conditions in forests looming as a threat to climate health and the wellbeing of a billion impoverished people, the world’s largest consortium of agricultural researchers announced today an ambitious 10-year global research programme devoted to forests and agro-forestry.

‘Carbon debt’ created by some biofuels must be considered in sustainability debate, new study shows

29 Nov 2011

DURBAN, South Africa (30 November, 2011) _ Despite being heralded as a green alternative to fossil fuels, a new study by the Center for International Forestry Research has found that carbon emissions generated from land conversion for biodiesel production may take decades to hundreds of years to reverse in some cases, raising serious questions about biodiesel sustainability. This large variation is the result of the type of land converted and the productivity of the feedstock crop.

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