Peat fires in Sumatra, forestry degrees in the DRC, the world's largest reforestation program in China, timber growers in Peru, adaptation in the Sahel, and global bushmeat networks—these are just some of the topics that CIFOR’s research covered in 2014, through 94 active projects in 42 countries.
For more about how CIFOR’s work is keeping forests and landscapes high on the global development agenda, read the annual report here.

Planting more trees is one way to increase carbon storage, but reforestation must look beyond carbon alone, a new study argues. For reforestation to be “climate smart”, it’s important to consider biodiversity, water sources, livelihoods—and the potential effects of future climate change.

Love it or hate it, palm oil is here to stay—and at the heart of the corporate zero-deforestation movement. But what does “sustainable” mean anyway? And how are Unilever, Wilmar and others making it happen? Read more in this special feature.

  • THE INVESTMENT PUZZLE: Some hold the money and the will to invest it sustainably; others hold the land and the desire to manage it sustainably. How to connect them?

More than 2,000 of the world’s top policy makers, investors, scientists and development practitioners will gather at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, in a cross-sectorial debate on the role of land use in the post-2015 development agenda and the climate goals. Add your voice by showcasing your research, new initiatives and commitments on sustainable land use. Apply now for:

Amid a growing global effort to ramp up investments in sustainable land use, 170 global business leaders and investors—including from Unilever, Credit Suisse, Marks & Spencers, Deutsche Bank and more—will come together to find innovative methods for delivering these funds, in an expert symposium in London on 10 June.

  • WHO’S WHO: Speakers include James Cameron, Founder of Climate Change Capital; Abyd Karmali, Head of Global Carbon Markets of Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Nurdiana Darus, Executive Director of Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP).
  • STAY TUNED: Watch the Investment Case website for briefing papers and full coverage of the event, including blogs, videos and interviews with the speakers.

See our reports for this year’s International Day of Biological Diversity on 22 May:

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Forests for a Sustainable Future: Annual Report 2014

Lessons for REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms from anti-corruption measures in Indonesia

Lessons from environmental and social sustainability certification standards for equitable REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms

Benefit sharing in context: A comparative analysis of 10 land-use change case studies in Indonesia

Origin and Alteration of Organic Matter in Termite Mounds from Different Feeding Guilds of the Amazon Rainforests

Designing incentive agreements for conservation: an innovative approach

Forests, financial services and customer due diligence: Efforts to target illegality, money laundering and corruption in Indonesia

Managing oil palm landscapes: A seven-country survey of the modern palm oil industry in Southeast Asia, Latin America and West Africa


Upcoming events

Who Pays and Who Benefits? – Side event at SBSTA-42
8 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

XXXV Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)
23 - 28 June 2015 Brighton, United Kingdom

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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 Latin America. | CIFOR blog

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