120 speakers, 52 partner organizations, 1,800 registered participants. Join Indonesian President Yudhoyono, Ministers from across Southeast Asia, CEOs, NGOs, scientists, and policy experts at the Forests Asia Summit in pursuit of new green-growth pathways for development. Can’t make it to the Summit? Join the discussion anyway: Watch live video feeds in English and Indonesian at forestsasia.org/live and send questions to speakers through Twitter, using the hashtag #ForestsAsia. See the agenda at forestsasia.org

New research: REDD+, the incentive program to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, risks losing momentum. The two biggest challenges — economic viability and land tenure — are daunting but surmountable. Read more here.

REDD+ in the news:

  • ALL’S FAIR?: Some countries are more concerned about being treated fairly in global talks on REDD+ than about fairness within their own countries, a study shows.
  • PEOPLE POWER: To curb Indonesian deforestation, public pressure is needed, research suggests.

Natural forests and wildlands across 58 tropical research sites provide 28 percent of total household income — nearly as much as crops — according to a new global study from CIFOR, the product of the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN). The study found that 77 percent of environmental income comes from natural forests. Read more here.

Further reading:


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Will there be enough food? Thoughts on the IPCC report

The IPCC’s Working Group II report on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability was released in April. As CIFOR Director Peter Holmgren writes, this report finally moved agriculture and food issues firmly into the climate debate and provided a solid evidence base for integrating climate change and sustainable development political processes. Read more here.

Taking place on the sidelines of the UNFCCC climate change conference (COP20) in Lima, and hosted by Peru’s Ministry of Environment, the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum will bring together stakeholders from across sectors to define the role of landscapes in the post-2015 climate and development agreements. Visit www.landscapes.org.

Landscapes news:

We are pleased to announce the launch of “Science@10” — short, dynamic knowledge-sharing sessions about CIFOR’s science. In these sessions, CIFOR scientists and associates present a 10-minute talk about the outcomes of their research, followed by a brief, interactive discussion. You can watch the presentations here.

Jobs at CIFOR

New job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

General call for Applications – Science Roster

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Gender

Digital Communications Intern

Research Officer, Geographic Information Systems

Senior Research Officer, Climate Policy, REDD+ Module 1



The challenge of establishing REDD+ on the ground: Insights from 23 subnational initiatives in six countries

Social impacts of the Forest Stewardship Council certification: An assessment in the Congo basin

The developmental implications of Sino-African economic and political relations: A preliminary assessment for the case of Zambia

Furniture, timber and forest ecosystem service value chains: Proceedings of the symposium (IPB Convention Center Bogor, 14 February 2013)


Upcoming events

Resilience 2014 - Third International Science and policy Conference on the resilience of social & ecological systems
4 – 8 May 2014, Montpellier, France

Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference - Adaptation Futures 2014
12 – 16 May 2014, Fortaleza Ceará, Brazil

46th GEF Council Meeting
25 – 26 May 2014, Cancun, Mexico

28 – 30 May 2014, Cologne, Germany

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

CIFOR advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

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