This two-day gathering — 5-6 May in Jakarta, Indonesia — will provide a platform for Southeast Asian Ministers to engage in bilateral and multilateral exchanges with their global counterparts, business executives, civil society and development experts in the pursuit of new green-growth pathways for development in the region. Visit or contact CIFOR’s Adinda Hasan:

  • HOST A SESSION: A call for applications by organizations working in Southeast Asia to host a Discussion Forum has been extended until 10 February.
  • PROFILE YOUR WORK AT THE ISSUES MARKETPLACE: The ‘Landscapes Issues Marketplace’ offers an alternative space for scientists, practitioners and students to share their latest research, thinking and experiences.
  • BOOTHS: 10 table-top booth spaces are available.

How should we define forestry for sustainable development? An upcoming meeting at the UN will present a unique opportunity to demonstrate how fundamentally important forests and forestry are for sustainable development, writes CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren. Read more.

A newly published study by CIFOR shows that children living in areas of Africa with more tree cover tend to have more nutritious diets, adding credence to research showing that forests play a vital role in food security. What are the possible reasons behind this correlation? What implications could this have for forests threatened by agricultural expansion? CIFOR researcher Amy Ickowitz explains.

The Global Landscapes Forum brought together stakeholders from multiple sectors to examine how current policies address landscapes — and what we can do better in the future. But where do we go from here? In the “landscapes” spirit, a new infographic takes the most compelling ideas and recommendations a step further, connecting the dots between forestry, agriculture, climate challenges and the international development framework. Click here for more.

More landscapes news:

  • OUTCOME STATEMENT: The Global Landscapes Forum has articulated 13 actionable policy recommendations and incentives for a multilateral climate agreement, the SDG process as well as other actors. Click here to read the report.
  • LANDSCAPE FUND: A new working paper identifies opportunities for investing in sustainable agriculture in ways that benefit smallholders. Find out more about the Landscape Fund, a networked financing approach that allows diversification of operational risks, target markets, customers, and currencies.
  • LANDSCAPES HUB: Don’t forget to watch — updated weekly — for the latest news and information from CIFOR and our partners about the landscapes approach. is CIFOR's new online portal for original news, views and research on forests and climate change


This month: Turning data into knowledge

Do you know the difference between a climate change knowledge broker, knowledge manager, social learning professional and innovation broker? This month on, we spoke with knowledge managers from other environmental and development organizations about why knowledge sharing is important in forests and climate change projects; how to better understand your audience; and the main challenges for 2014.
We also profiled a new tool that helps turn REDD+ data into knowledge and initiated a lively discussion on whether young researchers are the key to the kind of “out of the box” thinking needed to tackle climate change problems.

  • COMING SOON: In February, we are putting the spotlight on forest carbon finance and launching our new tools and research repositories.
  • GET INVOLVED: Join our growing online community by signing up for monthly updates here.

The best place to look for clues about potential drought in the Amazon forests of Peru might be on the other side of South America, scientists say. Rising sea surface temperatures off Brazil’s Atlantic Coast have corresponded with lower-than-normal rainfalls in the forests of the western Amazon, enabling scientists to predict when droughts will occur, with ramifications for farmers — particularly the fires they use to clear land for planting. Read more details here.

A new report indicates that local control over forest resources — in this case, Zambian charcoal and timber — could be models for sustainable production. In the southern African country, centralized management of these key sources of income has exacerbated deforestation while imperiling livelihoods. Researchers are now urging a return to customary management: “Rural communities … should have a say in how these resources are used,” says CIFOR scientist Davison Gumbo. Read more here.

Jobs at CIFOR

New job vacancies at CIFOR this month:

General Call for Applications - Science Roster

Program Coordinator, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry


Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): An application to compare national REDD+ policy processes

Can we make participatory NTFP monitoring work? Lessons learnt from the development of a multi-stakeholder system in Northern Laos

Managing landscapes for greater food security and improved livelihoods

Improving the management of commercial non-timber forest products in Cambodia for the benefit of local communities

The contributions of forest foods to sustainable diets


Upcoming events

World Congress on Agroforestry, Trees for life: Accelerating the impact of agroforestry
10-14 February 2014, Delhi, India

Restoring Coastal Livelihoods: Increasing the Resilience of Mangrove-Aquaculture Socio-Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia
17-20 February 2014, Bogor, Indonesia

IUFRO Acacia 2014 Conference "Sustaining the Future of Acacia Plantation Forestry"
18-21 March 2014, Hue, Vietnam

World Forests Summit 2014
20 March 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

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