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Global study busts myths about forests and livelihoods

20 Mar 2014

Forests play a crucial role in sustaining people’s incomes — but to what extent? Until now, development actions related to forests and livelihoods have been based on incomplete or fragmented data. In many cases, forestry has been combined with agriculture in national income statistics — or not counted at all.

Video and story on the life of Amazonian activist Chico Mendes

19 Dec 2013

Media are invited to use a video and text of a story, “Martyr of the Amazon: The legacy of Chico Mendes,” a look back at the activist’s life and the outsize influence his work continues to have for the betterment of the Amazon rainforests of his homeland and the people who live in them.

Hopes rise for global food security as world’s largest agricultural research partnership marks major milestone: doubles funding to $1 billion in five years

17 Dec 2013

CIFOR’s parent organization, CGIAR, marks a major milestone — its funding has doubled to $1 billion in just the past five years. With this funding, by 2020, research on forest, trees and agroforestry will prevent deforestation on 0.5 to 1.7 million hectares, reducing carbon emissions by 0.16 to 0.68 billion tons per year. Read more about how CGIAR will use this funding to help change the world.

MINAM and CIFOR sign agreement to promote research for sustainable management of forests in Peru

11 Dec 2013

Peru’s Ministry of the Environment (Ministerio del Ambiente, or MINAM) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will sign a formal agreement to increase cooperation on research into forestry and sustainable development. The agreement is intended to produce targeted research that better informs the development of government policies as well as practices on the ground by the private sector and civil society organizations for the sustainable development of the forests of the Peruvian Amazon. Peru’s forests extend for nearly 800,000 square kilometers and are home to more than 3 million people.

As UN climate talks stall, experts identify new approach to tackling climate change, food insecurity and poverty

18 Nov 2013

Global experts made an impassioned plea to change the way the world is tackling food insecurity, climate change, poverty and water scarcity — and warned that UN climate negotiators in Warsaw risked “turning their backs on some of the most vulnerable and poorest people in this world”.

Registration now open for Global Landscapes Forum, to develop the climate and development agenda for 2015 and beyond

22 Jul 2013

More than 1,000 policymakers, journalists, leaders and experts in forests and agriculture will gather in Poland in November on the sidelines of UN climate talks to participate in a new two-day event: The Global Landscapes Forum. Registration is now open for the event, which combines two smaller events — Agriculture and Rural Development Day and Forest Day — to provide the world’s largest platform for discussing the science and policy behind the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges.

CIFOR to begin research on China’s reforestation program – unprecedented in scale

30 Jun 2013

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has launched a new partnership with the China National Forestry Economics and Development Research Center (FEDRC) to improve the monitoring and evaluation of the ‘Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program’ (CCFP) or ‘Grain for Green’, one of the largest reforestation programs in the world.

CIFOR renews partnership with China’s State Forestry Administration

07 Jun 2013

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has renewed its partnership with the State Forestry Administration (SFA), the authoritative entity on forests in China.

Exclusive images of critically endangered Javan leopard

22 May 2013

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is making available exclusive rare footage of the critically endangered Javan leopards (Panthera pardus melas) in their native habitat in western Java. Camera traps placed in an Indonesian national park recently captured striking, high-quality images of these elusive, enigmatic creatures in the wild as part of a research project to help monitor wildlife in an area less than 100 kilometers outside of Jakarta.

The future of Central Africa’s forests

22 May 2013

Central Africa’s forests are at a critical turning point: The population of the Congo is set to double in the next 25 years, logging roads are slowly penetrating previously untouched forest areas, investors are earmarking land for agriculture and mining, and a large population is at risk of the effects of climate change.