Where do forests fit into the climate and development agendas? How—and when—will the promise of REDD+ be fulfilled? What is the value of zero-deforestation pledges? For International Day of Forests on 21 March, three CIFOR experts discussed how forest policy could shape humanity’s future.

  • ’IT’S A FOREST, NOT A MUSEUM’: Forests are not just ‘nice to have’ but an integral part of what sustainable development means in the tropics. A CIFOR expert explains.
  • LESSONS FROM PERU: How a group of local communities banded together to defend Amazonian forests from overexploitation—and how this relates to the Sustainable Development Goals.

A patch of Indonesian forest known as the Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on Earth where nearly every iconic animal from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” still co-exists. But a plan to extend a highway could spell doom for biodiversity there, a new study reports.

From rhino horn to tiger penis to turtle jelly: Growing demand for wild meat and traditional medicine among Asia’s growing middle class represents a grave threat to forest-based wildlife in the region and beyond, according to a new scientific review.

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A new study links availability of wild meat and human malnutrition in Africa—and calls for a better balance between conservation and development objectives in the management of bushmeat.
  • THE BOOK ON BUSHMEAT: How does bushmeat relate to health? Livelihoods? Climate change? A new e-book produced by FAO with support from CIFOR is a handy guide for journalists and policymakers.

The biggest event outside COP21 in Paris this year is already taking shape, so submit your interest now in opportunities to engage, including Discussion Forums for interactive exchange; Launchpads for presenting new research and initiatives; and the Landscapes Laboratory, which will showcase data and technology. Go to Landscapes.org to get involved.

  • SPECIAL EVENT: The Forum will also unfold in thematic events, including “GLF: The Investment Case,” a two-day invitation-only event in London in June that will convene finance experts and top government officials for innovative solutions to landscape finance. More information is here.

The New York Declaration on Forests has ambitious goals: halve deforestation by 2020 and eliminate it altogether by 2030. But how feasible is it? Two CIFOR experts assess who could make it work—and who could suffer if it doesn’t.

The Mazingira Center in Nairobi, the first of its kind in Africa, is expected to generate more cost-effective and precise greenhouse gas emissions measurements for Kenya. Even better: It could lay the groundwork for similar efforts across the continent. Read more here.

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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

Thinking about REDD+ benefit sharing mechanism (BSM): Lessons from community forestry (CF) in Nepal and Indonesia

What are the biophysical, institutional, and socioeconomic contextual factors associated with improvements in livelihood and environmental outcomes in forests managed by communities?: A systematic review protocol


Upcoming events

2015 Annual Meeting of MegaFlorestais
13 – 17 April 2015, Madre de Dios and Cusco, Peru

Eleventh session of the UNFF (UNFF11)
4 – 15 May 2015, New York, United States

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