It’s all too easy to rely solely on maps when seeking answers – and culprits – for the loss of old-growth tropical forests, CIFOR experts warn: Reality is a lot more complex than a sky-high view can show – and mapping needs to get smart.

Stories from Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador tell how women in forest communities are making their voices heard. Yet the authors of a new study also found gaps in knowledge about gender roles and relations – and a need to listen more carefully.

  • DINNER IN A TIN: As people move from Amazon forests to cities, they’re eating less wild meat and more industrial meat – and their diets are suffering for it, a new study has found.

11th Session of the UNFF

Forward focus for forum on forests

When the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) meets in New York next month, the focus will be on the first F and much less on the second, argues CIFOR’s Director General Peter Holmgren.

  • JOIN US AT THE UNFF: CIFOR, IUFRO and ICRAF are co-hosting a side event at the UNFF on 6 May to explore ways to strengthen interactions between science and policy. Learn more here.

Indonesia has a new tool to monitor emissions from land use: the Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS), developed by the Indonesian government with support from CIFOR. The plan, says Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, is to have emission calculations “as soon as possible.”

CIFOR, UNEP, World Bank, WRI, CIAT and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems will be there, as coordinating partners. So will implementing partners IUCN, EcoAgriculture Partners, IFPRI, ICRAF and TNC. Will you be there too? Start planning your role in the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum.

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case” (London, 10 June) will bring together selected experts and industry leaders to explore challenges to land-use investments. Confirmed participants include senior experts from Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, BNP Paribas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank, as well as representatives from the UNFCCC’s Standing Committee on Finance.

  • READ MORE: How to fund REDD+? How to track no-deforestation commitments? How to deal with tenure and policy risks? These are just some of the questions experts will explore. Check in here for more on these issues in the coming weeks.

For many poor rural communities, feeling better off is more complex than just having more money, scientists from CIFOR’s Poverty and Environment Network (PEN) have discovered – which means policy must look beyond a narrow focus on boosting income.

It cannot be business as usual – that was one of the messages from this week’s Tropical Landscapes Summit in Jakarta, which brought together industry, government, research and civil society, to discuss financial partnerships for sustainable development. View our coverage here:


CIFOR's iconic images on forests and SDGs are now available for free download. Get all 12 wallpapers here.



Trying to follow the money: Possibilities and limits of investor transparency in Southeast Asia's rush for "available" land

Land-based investment and green development in Indonesia: Lessons from Berau district, East Kalimantan

REDD+ at the crossroads: Choices and tradeoffs for 2015 – 2020 in Laos

Making timber plantations an attractive business for smallholders

Testing the influence of radio programs on climate change knowledge: A pilot experience from the Congo Basin

Regional Synthesis of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in the Greater Mekong Region

The REDD+ Governance Landscape and the Challenge of Coordination in Brazil

REDD+ on the ground: A case book of subnational initiatives across the globe


Upcoming events

A Science–Policy Interaction Platform on Forests – Side event at UNFF-11
6 May 2015, New York, United States

International workshop on Rethinking Forest Regulations 2015
18 – 22 May 2015, Missoula, United States


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