Sustainably managing tropical production forest projects

  • Assessing the factors that influence compatibility of extraction and management of Brazil nut and timber in industrial, community, and smallholder forests in three contiguous regions: Madre de Dios, Acre  and Pando

Locations: Peru, Brazil, Bolivia
Duration: January 2009–December 2009
Funder: CIFOR
Objective: To analyse institutional, policy, economic, biophysical and forestry training aspects which impact upon the integration of Brazil nut and timber management, along with exploration into REDD incorporation in regional Multiple Forest Management. The work will involve compilation of existing data sources and establishing baseline information for future research.


  • Community forestry project in the settlement communities of Moju I and II in the State of Para, Brazil

Locations: Brazil
Duration: 2011-2013
Funder: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Objective: to support community forestry actions in the settlement communities of Moju I and II in the State of Para, Brazil.

  • Establishing FORENET, a forestry research network for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Locations: The ACP countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Congo,  Solomon Islands, Suriname, Vanuatu
Duration: September 2007–December 2010, with extension planned until 2011
Funders: ACP Secretariat, European Commission
Objective: To strengthen capacities in ACP countries to undertake forest-related research and to facilitate the sustainable management of humid tropical forests. Specifically, FORENET aims to facilitate interregional collaboration between ACP forest research organisations by strengthening capacities of selected local research structures to effectively promote and implement common research themes, including tropical forests and climate change, and sustainable use of forest goods and services.

  • Illegal logging in Cameroon and Gabon: The international Forest Law, Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process, national trends and local impacts

Locations: Cameroon, Gabon
Duration: January 2008–December 2009
Funder: Netherlands Directorate General for International Cooperation
Objective: To assess the impact of the EU Action Plan for Forest Law, Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT). This will be achieved by analysing commodity chains to strengthen the empirical basis for FLEGT-VPA actions in Cameroon and later in Gabon; undertaking an analysis of illegal timber flows and its effect on livelihoods and ecosystems; and providing evidence-based recommendations to reduce illegal logging in Cameroon and Gabon, with due consideration to rural livelihoods and related ecosystems.

  • Improved certification schemes for sustainable tropical forest management

Locations: Brazil, Cameroon and Mexico
Duration: May 2005 to December 2009
Funder: UN Environment Programme’s Global Environmental Facility
Partners: The Forest Stewardship Council’s International Center and their national initiatives in participating countries. Detailed project information is available at the FSC website.
Objective: To develop the tools and incentives to help small-scale forest managers, communities and nontimber forest product collectors in the tropics to identify and protect biodiversity in the forests they manage through certification whilst continuing to meet their own management objectives.

  • to identify and protect high conservation values, especially biodiversity values in small forests and forests managed at low intensity in the tropics
  • to increase access and reduce barriers to certification for small forests managed at low intensity in the tropics, in order to provide a verifiable indicator of biodiversity protection in these forests
  • to develop innovative funding mechanisms to provide improved incentives for the conservation of biodiversity through certification in small and low intensity managed forests.


  • Improvement of the sustainable management and use of nontimber forest products in Cambodia

Location: Cambodia
Duration: March 2006–June 2010
Funder: International Tropical Timber Organisation
Objective: To increase the benefits local people can sustainably derive from nontimber forest products (NTFP). In collaboration with stakeholders, the project will help to develop better management of NTFP resources and will provide project guidelines on NTFP management in forest-dependent communities.

  • Initial research into Indonesia’s TPTII silviculture system

Location: Indonesia
Duration: January 2009–December 2009
Partner: Tropical Forest Foundation, Indonesia
Objective: To investigate and document the rationale behind the large-scale adoption of the intensive silviculture or SILIN system; to compare the TPTI and the SILIN systems; to review the experience with systematic line planting systems elsewhere in the tropical world; and to conduct a field review in at least five concessions which have the longest history of implementing the SILIN system. SILIN is an intensive silviculture regime which integrates three main activities: tree improvement, environment manipulation and integrated pest control.

  • International cooperation for helping countries facing an illegal logging crisis: Integrated law enforcement project

Location: Indonesia
Duration: June 2007–June 2010
Funder: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Objective: To improve forest governance, address corruption in the forestry sector, and ‘follow the money’ within and from the forestry sector. This project is based on the premise that forest governance can be improved by focusing on deforestation, forestry companies, forestry officers, and government revenues from the forests. Anti-corruption measures can be used to bring suspect forestry officers to trial, and to confiscate the proceeds of illegal logging using anti–money laundering legislation.

  • Forest monitoring in central Africa

Locations: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo
Duration: April 2007 – December 2010
Funder: European Commission
Partners:  French Agricultural Research for International Development (CIRAD), Forêt Ressources Management (FRM), Université Catholique de Louvain
Objective: To strengthen the operations of the  Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)  by reinforcing its capacity to collect data and process information, by building a regional mechanism for OFAC, and by setting in motion a regional system for monitoring forests.

  • REFORCO: Programme to revive agricultural and forestry research in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Duration: 2007-2013
Funders: European Commission and UN-FAO
Objective: To revive agricultural and forestry research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. CIFOR is managing the forestry component of the project, under which a priority research programme has been endorsed by the authorities. This is being implemented through research capacity building, formal training, and coaching for senior staff.

  • Training in multidisciplinary landscape assessment in Lorentz National Park, Baliem, Papua

Location: Papua, Indonesia
Duration: January 2009–April 2009
Funders: Samdhana, International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Objective: To train a team of 10 people to implement a multidisciplinary landscape assessment survey. The team will then be able to document local rules and practices in connection with natural resource management; and achieve a shared understanding between the national park, NGOs, communities leaders and other stakeholders in national park management.

  • Pro-Formal: Policy and regulatory options to recognise and better integrate the domestic timber sector in tropical countries

Location: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Indonesia, Ecuador
Duration: 2010-2013
Funders: European Commission
Objective: To foster legality, livelihood security and improved forest management in the domestic timber sector of selected tropical forest countries, in particular in countries negotiating or implementing a FLEGT VPA.


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