A new leader for CIFOR, recognizing rural women, and what can be done about degraded land


At a time when our planet is facing increasingly daunting challenges, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) — led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) — will gather influencers from all over the world in Bonn with 1,500 participants, and 6,000 others expected online, to scale up sustainable solutions for integrated land use.

Confirmed keynote speakers of this year’s Forum include Robert Nasi, CIFOR’s new Director General; Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment; and Wanjira Mathai, Director of the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute.

Interactive sessions will be hosted by diverse organizations including the World Bank, World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Global Canopy Programme (GCP), PUR Project, Rare and Rabobank.

A host of innovative new initiatives will be launched at the event in Bonn, including the UN Environment Program’s Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, which seeks to unite the world's major faith communities for the protection of tropical forests.

Don’t miss out on your chance to shape this critical conversation. Limited seats available.

Register now to attend this year’s Forum.


Landscapes worldwide are increasingly shaped through global trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. The landscape level is more than ever recognized as the entry point to negotiate land-use options with multiple stakeholders, mediate conflicts and promote collaboration.

Join an exciting two-week course in Bonn (December 11-22), titled “Think Landscape”, hosted by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation on the sidelines of the GLF. All course attendees will receive free entry to the Forum. Additionally, the GLF will support five participants through its need-based scholarships.

The curriculum was built in collaboration with CIFOR, the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).


GLF Digital Summits are more than just webinars. They present a novel way to engage in dialogue with diverse communities of practice on landscapes. Together, help define the best practices, approaches, challenges and opportunities to integrated land use.

The first Digital Summit, Fires, haze and health – applied research, collaborative design and prototype development, had 108 participants, and the second Digital Summit, Effective tools for understanding, managing and accelerating impact, received more than 400 subscriptions from all over the world. 

Register now for the next Summit on 8 November 2017:

Unheard community stories – mainstreaming indigenous, grassroots, and youth experiences in peatlands conservation efforts

Robert Nasi: Changing the way forests and forestry are perceived
Inside Indonesia’s fires and haze
Robert Nasi, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (right), conducting field research in the Yoko Forest Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo, with graduate students from the University of Kisangani. (Photo: CIFOR)

From 1 November 2017, Dr. Robert Nasi is taking on the role of Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He replaces Dr. Peter Holmgren as Director General for the past five years.

Dr. Nasi is no newcomer to CIFOR, having been with the Center for more than 20 years, holding a variety of research and senior management roles, most recently as Deputy Director General for Research. He has been a part of the evolution of CIFOR’s innovative strategy to bring forests to the fore in the global climate and development agenda.

In an interview with Forests News, he speaks about his decades of experience with CIFOR and in tropical forestry research, and lays out plans for the future.

Left behind: The women and elderly of Nalma
Marking the International Day of Rural Women, a look at the changing roles and responsibilities of women left behind by migrant workers in rural Nepal
In Nepal, what migration means on the home front
As migrant workers leave their villages behind, landscapes and social hierarchies are being shaken from tradition
The dreamer, the progressive and the returnee
Inside the lives of migrant workers from Nepal
Addressing the dangers of degraded land
CIFOR scientists respond to the latest Global Land Outlook report
Communities want collaboration, customary law
Centuries-old wisdom may hold answers for sustainable land and forests in Maluku
Lampung, Indonesia’s model province for social forestry
Community-led forestry hoped to resolve conflict and improve forest quality
Indonesia not ready to bury REDD+
National discussion finds emission-reducing scheme to be a work in progress
Sharing the benefits of REDD+ in Indonesia
A Q&A with CIFOR Scientist Shintia Arwida
Benefits do not always equal cash
In Peru, REDD+ communities recognize non-cash benefits to conservation
Financing farmers: Can funds for oil palm help save our forests?
Researchers look at challenges and solutions facing smallholders
Governing mangroves: From Tanzania to Indonesia
Global review finds tenure rights key to conservation of coastal forests
Peat fires and toxic haze: The power of perception
How viewpoints can shape policy and action
Getting a good price on good wood
Study finds success with certified timber to be a matter of management
Coupling of pollination services and coffee suitability under climate change
Governing mangroves: Unique challenges for managing Indonesia’s coastal forests
Governing mangroves: unique challenges for managing Tanzania’s coastal forests
Diagnostic approfondi pour la mise en oeuvre de la gestion communautaire de la chasse villageoise: Guide pratique et exemples d’application en Afrique centrale (Guide 1)
Développement participatif d’un plan de gestion durable de la chasse villageoise: Guide pratique et exemples d’application en Afrique centrale (Guide 2)
Director, Human Resources
Landscapes Knowledge Coordinator
Global Landscapes Forum Deputy Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator
General Call for Applications – Consultant Roster
6 - 17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany
Forest tenure reform implementation in Uganda: What lessons for policy and practice?
22 Nov 2017, Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda.
Exploring agrarian livelihoods in Tanzania
22 - 23 Nov 2017, National Museum and House of Culture, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Policy Dialogue on Forest Landscape Restoration and Gender Equality
30 Nov 2017, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
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