Drought has gripped Brazil’s largest city—and a growing body of evidence shows that deforestation is partly to blame. CIFOR expert Lou Verchot explains what the science says—and what policymakers can do.
Africa’s protected areas are troves of biodiversity—and they store more than a tenth of the continent’s carbon, a new study reports. This finding raises hopes for including more protected areas in forest-carbon initiatives—and raises the stakes for guarding them from degradation.
CIFOR’s recent book “REDD+ on the Ground” detailed the challenges of forest-carbon initiatives around the tropics. A new series of reports takes a closer look at the triumphs and troubles of REDD+ projects, through the eyes of proponents.
What good is a seat at the table if the meeting is in a language you don’t speak? Formalizing indigenous peoples’ participation in land-use decisions does not ensure that they can defend their interests against powerful actors, a new study finds.
An innovative new model has mapped the potential sustainability of bushmeat hunting across the Congo Basin, showing where resilient species may thrive—and where others are at risk of extinction from overhunting.
2015 could be a turning point for climate and landscapes: Make sure you’re part of it. The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum will be at one of Paris’ largest venues, with plenty of space for networking and opportunities to engage. Visit landscapes.org for updates.
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.