6-7 December: Global Landscapes Forum in Lima

Registration open for the land-use event of the year

How will forestry and agriculture fit into the new climate and development agreements? Join the discussion at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum, held alongside the UNFCCC COP in Lima (6-7 December), where more than 1,200 participants from across land-use sectors will come together in 30 interactive sessions. CIFOR, FAO and UNEP are hosting the event, with the support of Peru’s Environment and Agriculture Ministries and a broad consortium of development and environment organizations. Register before 18 October to reserve your space at a discount.

YOUNG VOICES: A dynamic youth session is on the Forum’s agenda for 6 December – and applications are still open for bright young people to lead it. Learn more here.

HOST A SESSION: Applications to host a discussion forum or civil society session close 10 September. Applications to hold an exhibition close 10 October.

CIFOR is partnering on two pivotal events in New York in the third week of September, when the city hosts the UN Climate Summit and the UN General Assembly.

COLLOQUIUM ON FORESTS AND CLIMATE: CIFOR and Columbia University’s Earth Institute challenged six thought leaders on climate to give their big ideas on how to change the future. Hear their responses in a high-level scientific debate at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change, 24 September at Columbia University in New York.

Speakers include:

  • Obama’s top science adviser John Holdren (tbc)
  • Earth Innovation Institute director Dan Nepstad
  • Member, UN Scientific Advisory Board, Carlos Nobre
  • Leading food security expert Cheryl Palm
  • UNEP’s chief of ecosystem services economics Pushpam Kumar
  • Renowned anthropologist Eduardo Brondízio

Registration: Register now through our partners at the Earth Institute. Entry is free, but seats are strictly limited.
Live webcast: Watch the talks live over the Internet on CIFOR TV.

CGIAR DEVELOPMENT DIALOGUES: Tune in to CIFOR TV on 25 September for a live webcast of the CGIAR Development Dialogues. This invitation-only event will bring together more than 250 of the world’s leading scientists, policymakers and development practitioners for a day of dynamic debate, with keynote speeches by:

  • H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (pictured), Minister of Environment, Peru, and UNFCCC COP20 President
  • H.E. Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria
  • Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Frank Rijsberman, Chief Executive Officer, CGIAR Consortium


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Getting to the root of deforestation: A review of 43 countries

In Brazil, it’s cattle ranching. In Indonesia, it’s palm oil. In Mozambique, it’s cross-border trade. The activities that drive deforestation and forest degradation are diverse — as are the policy interventions that countries have devised in response.

Which interventions are countries proposing? How do they refer to the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, if at all? And how can we monitor their effectiveness? An examination of 98 readiness documents produced by 43 REDD+ countries points to some answers. Read more here.

Why training journalists is good for the environment
Zambian media outlets are often ill equipped or uninterested in covering environmental issues, according to some of the country’s leading journalists — bad news for public scrutiny of environmental policies. Find out what happened after CIFOR led a journalist-training workshop there.

Join our growing online community by following @ForestsCC and signing up to monthly updates here.

An eye-opening study of children living in Indonesian Borneo found that they are highly aware of their natural environments, and that they foresee ongoing degradation and deforestation of their landscapes in their lifetimes. Researchers expressed hope that the study will help get local perspectives into policymaking. Read more here.

The global call for the most important research questions on forests and landscapes has netted questions from more than 80 countries. A third of those questions have come from women and 20 percent from youth. We’ve received questions from people working in forestry, agriculture and landscapes, and from researchers, policymakers, educators and practitioners — but have we heard from you?

Make sure your issues, policy concerns and country are represented by submitting your question now.

Most of the chocolate you eat comes from West African smallholder farms. But these farmers face widely fluctuating prices for their precious cash crop. New research points to a potential solution: encouraging smallholders to increase the value of their cocoa systems and the income they derive from them not by intensifying their crops, but by diversifying them. Read more here.

Indonesia’s President (pictured), 12 Ministers and Vice Ministers, 120 journalists and more than 2,200 participants came together for the largest debate in a decade on the future of Southeast Asia’s forestry and landscapes. Catch the highlights at www.forestsasia.org/report

Jobs at CIFOR

Job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

Senior Science Writer and Producer

Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA)

Scientist – Governance of Furniture Value Chains

General Call for Applications – Science Roster

Project Administrator




To what extent does the presence of forests and trees contribute to food production in humid and dry forest landscapes?: a systematic review protocol

Motivation for payments for ecosystem services in Laos: The essential alignment

Lessons from Payments for Ecosystem Services for REDD+ Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms

Power, profits and policy: A reality check on the Prunus africana bark trade

An introduction to the gender box

A review of the legal and policy framework for payments for ecosystem services (PES) in Thailand

Zambia country profile: Monitoring, reporting and verification for REDD+

Palms of controversies: oil palm and development challenges

Timber legality verification and small-scale forestry enterprises in Indonesia: Lessons learned and policy options

Integration of adaptation and mitigation in climate change and forest policies in Indonesia and Vietnam

Participating in REDD+ measurement, reporting, and verification (PMRV): opportunities for local people?


Upcoming events

FSC General Assembly
7 – 14 September 2014, Seville, Spain

7th Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership
8 – 12 September 2014, San Jose, Costa Rica

Colloquium on Forests and Climate
24 September 2014, New York, USA

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014
25 September 2014, New York, USA

XXIV IUFRO World Congress
5 – 11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah

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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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