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As world goes urban, new focus on role of trees in cities

04 Oct 2011

More attention needed to maximize benefits of urban forests 3 October 2011, Rome –  Focused policies and investments aimed at protecting and managing forests and trees in and around cities are needed to strengthen urban livelihoods and improve city environments as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. This was the message offered today on the occasion […]

Indonesia’s leader says he will dedicate final years of his presidency to protect rainforest

27 Sep 2011

For immediate release JAKARTA, Indonesia (September 27, 2011) _ Indonesia’s President on Tuesday vowed to dedicate the last three years of his administration to safeguarding his nation’s rainforests _ a pledge that received broad support at a major conference in Jakarta. Hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the conference provided a platform […]

President Yudhoyono invited to give keynote address at major conference on future of Indonesia’s Forests and Climate Change

21 Sep 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY Bogor (INDONESIA) 19 September 2011 _ Hundreds of climate change and forestry experts will meet in Jakarta next week to discuss how Indonesia can preserve its rainforests while at the same time ensure the country’s economic growth. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been invited to give the keynote address at the conference, […]

Better landscape management needed to prevent forest fires

11 Sep 2011

Countries need to pay more attention to fire management on lands bordering forests in order to prevent the 95 percent of wildfires that originate from human activities in forests and adjacent areas, an international partnership for forests warned today.

Experts Say Famine in Horn of Africa Exacerbated by Decades of Deforestation that Has Turned Productive Lands into Desert

11 Sep 2011

Researchers insist evidence abounds in Africa that restoring forests and planting trees on farms can greatly improve food security NAIROBI, KENYA (12 SEPTEMBER 2011)—Restoring and preserving dryland forests and planting more trees to provide food, fodder, and fertilizer on small farms is a critical step toward preventing the recurrence of the famine now threatening millions […]

Deforestation much higher in protected areas than forests run by local communities

23 Aug 2011

BOGOR, Indonesia _ Tropical forests designated as strictly protected areas have annual deforestation rates much higher than those managed by local communities – reinforcing a challenge to a long-held belief that the best way to conserve forests is to lock them away in protected areas, according to a new study.

Robert Nasi appointed director of new CGIAR consortium research programme

10 Aug 2011

BOGOR, Indonesia (11 August 2011) – Dr Robert Nasi, Director for the Forests and Environment Programme at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), has been selected to be head of a new CGIAR consortium research programme, Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance.

Including indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge in forest management key to REDD+ success

07 Aug 2011

The full and effective engagement of indigenous peoples and the incorporation of traditional forest knowledge in forest management strategies are crucial for REDD+ success in curbing climate change, say experts ahead of the

International institutions call for increased investments for the arid zone forests

17 Jun 2011

Over twenty-seven international, regional and sub-regional institutions and over 100 participants from around the world gathered in Dakar today for the observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification.

New global study shows high reliance on forests among rural poor

15 Jun 2011

For more information, contact: James Maiden at j.maiden@cgiar.org Cell: +62-811-860-4331 Center for International Forestry Research For immediate release New global study shows high reliance on forests among rural poor LONDON (June 15, 2011) _ Income from forests and other natural environments makes a significant contribution to the livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries, […]