Millions of people around the world use wild animals for food, medicine and income. But because wild meat, or ‘bushmeat’ as it’s called, is considered illegal in most countries, its impact on biodiversity and human health is often overlooked – and under-researched.
Fire and haze
Once a cost-effective tool used by smallholder farmers to clear land, fire is becoming an annual crisis in Indonesia’s peatlands, the Amazon forest and other parts of the world. CIFOR’s approach targets both multi-level policies and grassroots action.
CIFOR works at the nexus of climate change, energy and low-carbon development to support countries as they ramp up to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Forest and landscape restoration
CIFOR’s work on forest landscape restoration aims to provide partners and governments across the globe with the information they need to solve such problems.
It has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect ecosystems and secure livelihoods for rural communities – but there are risks.
Tenure and tenure reform
Governments, companies and local and indigenous communities are all vying for access to dwindling forest resources. Getting forest tenure reform right could make or break forests for future generations.
Gender equality is both a human right and essential to achieving sustainable development. CIFOR works to fully understand the gender dynamics in all of its research.
Food security and nutrition
CIFOR is examining how forests and trees contribute to people’s diets, livelihoods and well-being – and how diets are affected by rapidly changing landscapes.
Finance, trade and investment
CIFOR and partners are researching how to make timber and high-value tree crops – such as oil palm and cocoa – more sustainable to help smallholders benefit more, and to lower the impacts of agricultural expansion in forests and mixed farm-forest landscapes.
CIFOR explores the complex relationships between forests, food and the biological diversity that is critical to our planet’s survival.
Climate change adaptation
CIFOR is working with partners to assess climate risks and trade-offs for more resilient forest landscapes.