CIFOR Strategy 2016–2025

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is committed to advancing human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by conducting innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people.

The world today is characterized by continually evolving development and environment challenges. At the same time, we see additional and increased risks to humanity, but also new opportunities for improved livelihoods.

CIFOR’s response to these challenges and opportunities is captured in our 2016–2025 strategy, Stepping up to the new climate and development agenda.

The strategy sets out CIFOR’s theory of change, values, vision, mission and pillars, and structures CIFOR’s research into four thematic work areas:

Climate change, energy and low-carbon development – Research aims to improve not only the technical understanding of climate change and its interactions with forests and landscapes, but also our understanding of the social implications of climate change, so that the interests of rural land users are reflected in decision making.

Equal opportunities, gender, justice and tenure – CIFOR evaluates how the devolution of forest rights affects forests and conservation outcomes, livelihoods and local governance and thus informs decision makers. CIFOR also seeks to advance gender equity and the empowerment of women and girls.

Sustainable landscapes and livelihoods – CIFOR scientists are making the links between forests and income, poverty reduction, and food security and nutrition, examining how forest management and restoration policies affect rural communities.

Value chains, finance and investment – CIFOR aims to support various governance arrangements for achieving sustainability, along with inclusive business models that can improve benefit sharing, upgrade smallholder systems, and support responsible finance. Read more about CIFOR in our Corporate Publications and visit our news site Forests News.

View all strategy documents here.