How did a continent’s domestic logging industry vanish from databases? How did millions of local artisanal loggers become criminals? How to address a threat to the future of forests and people across Africa? CIFOR experts explain.

Mangroves and tropical peatlands store immense amounts of carbon, making them crucial in efforts to fight climate change. They’re also fast disappearing. Where to begin the daunting task of compiling evidence—and crafting policy—to protect these places? CIFOR’s new “toolbox” can help.

Peru has received international recognition for programs tackling climate change and deforestation in the Amazon—but those efforts have largely been ignored in the national media. A new report examines why—and how that may be changing.

10,000 views of conference videos. 6.7 million people reached on Twitter. But no number from the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum was more important than this one: 96% of participants said they plan to share, research or apply the new knowledge they gained in Lima. Read the Forum’s final report for achievements, lessons learned and plans for 2015.  

  • GET INVOLVED: The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum (5-6 December in Paris) will offer many opportunities for exhibitions, discussion forums and launches—and organizers will solicit contributions soon. Don’t miss an update: Subscribe to our mailing list.
  • COURSE OFFERING: “Towards innovative arrangements for inclusive decision making at landscape level”: a class offered by Wageningen University in collaboration with CIFOR. Learn more and register here.

Forest finance, London, 10 June

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case

Why is billions of dollars in available funding for forest finance not reaching smallholders who need it? To map new landscape finance models, CIFOR and partners will convene an invitation-only expert symposium in London on June 10, linked to the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance’s 2015 workplan.

  • CONTACT US: The World Bank, UNEP-FI, the European Investment Bank and TNC have joined the symposium as partners. For more information about the event, contact Ann-Kathrin Neureuther.
  • LEARN MORE: Keep an eye on for all white papers, high-level discussions, highlights and outcomes from the event.

In a series of op-eds, CIFOR experts explore the significance of recent gender research, and how it translates into sustainable landscapes on the ground:

  • ON THE AGENDA: Why women’s welfare belongs at the core of global development agenda.
  • VOICES AND VIEWS: Why—and how—to conduct participatory gender research.
  • DESTINY IN DENSITY: How a group of women struggles to sustain landscapes and livelihoods.

A recent report shows that improved land rights led to higher productivity and incomes in Latin America and Asia—but not in Africa. What accounts for the difference? In a field largely overlooked by empirical research, scientists are trying to find out.

Jobs at CIFOR

Travel Coordinator

Regional Communications Coordinator, Africa

Francophone Communications Intern



Does production of oil palm, soybean, or jatropha change biodiversity and ecosystem functions in tropical forests

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

Systematic review of effects on biodiversity from oil palm production

Socioecological responsibility and Chinese overseas investments: The case of rubber plantation expansion in Cameroon

Agriculture and deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A synthesis of the current state of knowledge

Assessing current social vulnerability to climate change: A participatory methodology

Examining how long fallow swidden systems impact upon livelihood and ecosystem services outcomes compared with alternative land-uses in the uplands of Southeast Asia


Upcoming events

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture
9 – 10 March 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Climate Smart Agriculture 2015
16 – 18 March 2015, Montpellier, France

Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015: Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity
23 – 27 March 2015, Washington DC, United States

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 Latin America. | CIFOR blog

Follow CIFOR