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It was a significant year for forests at the U.N. COP26 climate summit. In addition to the Declaration on Forests and Land Use, several other commitments were made to protect forests and ecosystems. Contributions from CIFOR-ICRAF scientists and partners showed that concrete action on climate change is not only possible, but already underway.
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COP26 deforestation pledges a win, but only if they are upheld
In a joint statement, more than 130 countries at COP26 agreed to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade. Supported by $19 billion in public and private funds, it covers more than 85 percent of forests worldwide, equivalent to 3.7 billion hectares.
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Pact prioritizes forests and biodiversity conservation in Papua New Guinea
A landmark memorandum of agreement between Papua New Guinea and CIFOR-ICRAF under the Resilient Landscapes program was signed on site at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. It aims to secure forest wealth, recognizing it is key to Papua New Guinea's economic prosperity and to the country's efforts to contribute to tackling climate change at the global level.
Biomass energy brings clean electricity to remote Indonesian islands
Under the Biomass Development for Land Restoration, Renewable Energy, and Emissions Reductions in Indonesia project, CIFOR-ICRAF and partners are working on the development of climate-smart agroforestry business models to supply sustainable biomass feedstock for energy, catalyzing transformation of land use and energy sectors throughout Indonesia.
GLF Climate sessions hit records
The GLF Climate hybrid conference has racked up a record 434,900 views – and counting – from over 140 countries. During COP26, we brought together 400 leading scientists, activists, youth, policymakers and 132 organizations to demand urgent, concrete action to stop the climate crisis through the power of forests, food and finance.
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Circular bioeconomy with bioenergy

CIFOR-ICRAF Bioenergy Research Scientist Mary Njenga highlights the importance of implementing circular bioeconomy principals in bioenergy.

Integrating peatlands into national policy

CIFOR-ICRAF Senior Scientist Kristell Hergoualc'h addresses the importance of incorporating peatlands into national policy in the fight against climate change.

Scaling and Financing Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Senior Science Policy Advisor Patrick Worms hosts.
Call to action: Recognizing women's land rights as critical pillar for strengthening climate action
Paul Polman: How to create a net positive economy | #GLFClimate 2021 Must-see Speakers
Samantha Power: How to fund natural climate solutions | #GLFClimate 2021 Must-see Speakers
Conversations on climate action
Scientists with CIFOR-ICRAF participated in more than 30 events on the sidelines of the U.N. COP26 climate summit in Glasgow – many of them hybrid, with some participants on site and others online.
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FTA puts agroecology in the limelight at GLF Climate
As part of a three-day GLF Climate: Forests, Food and Finance – Frontiers of Change conference, held on the sidelines of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) on 5 – 7 November, the FTA-funded Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology (TPP) put together a series of interactive sessions to discuss agroecological transitions with world-renowned experts, indigenous people and youth.
Shea tree reference genome sequenced - interview with FTA scientists
A recent study, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, explores new methods to reverse the decline of shea tree populations by improving the species through the use of genomics. FTA spoke with two of the paper's authors: Iago Hale, Associate Professor in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire and the paper's lead author, and Prasad Hendre, a genomics scientist at World Agroforestry (ICRAF).
Resilient Landscapes: Nature-based solutions wanted
How to regenerate soils and biodiversity while producing renewable fuelwood in record time? The case of Serbia.
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Nature-based solutions remain one of the most viable and cost-effective approaches in mitigating the negative effects of climate change and restoring degraded landscapes.
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Houria Djoudi, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry
A demonstrator holds a sign at the entrance of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow
A bamboo bicycle at the Indonesia Pavilion at the COP26 climate summit venue in Glasgow
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are CGIAR Research Centers.
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