The year 2017 was a time for action. With global targets in place under the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, CIFOR prioritized research in six thematic areas designed for maximum impact on forests, landscapes and people. From Peru to Nepal, and from Indonesia to the Congo Basin, CIFOR delivered cutting-edge research, built capacity on the ground and formed powerful partnerships — as always, with an eye to bringing positive change to the landscapes and communities where we work.
Coupling of pollination services and coffee suitability under climate change
Climate change will cause geographic range shifts for pollinators and major crops, with global implications for food security and rural livelihoods. However, little is known about the potential for coupled impacts of climate change on pollinators and crops. Coffee production exemplifies this issue, because large losses in areas suitable for coffee production have been projected due to climate change and because coffee production is dependent on bee pollination.Read more
Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world
Forest-driven water and energy cycles are poorly integrated into regional, national, continental and global decision-making on climate change adaptation, mitigation, land use and water management. This constrains humanity’s ability to protect our planet’s climate and life-sustaining functions. The substantial body of research we review reveals that forest, water and energy interactions provide the foundations for carbon storage, for cooling terrestrial surfaces and for distributing water resources.Read more
Connecting Earth observation to high-throughput biodiversity data
Understandably, given the fast pace of biodiversity loss, there is much interest in using Earth observation technology to track biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. However, because most biodiversity is invisible to Earth observation, indicators based on Earth observation could be misleading and reduce the effectiveness of nature conservation and even unintentionally decrease conservation effort.Read more
Recent loss of closed forests is associated with Ebola virus disease outbreaks
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a contagious, severe and often lethal form of hemorrhagic fever in humans. The association of EVD outbreaks with forest clearance has been suggested previously but many aspects remained uncharacterized. We used remote sensing techniques to investigate the association between deforestation in time and space, with EVD outbreaks in Central and West Africa.Read more
Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome
Tropical forests are global centres of biodiversity and carbon storage. Many tropical countries aspire to protect forest to fulfil biodiversity and climate mitigation policy targets, but the conservation strategies needed to achieve these two functions depend critically on the tropical forest tree diversity-carbon storage relationship. Assessing this relationship is challenging due to the scarcity of inventories where carbon stocks in aboveground biomass and species identifications have been simultaneously and robustly quantified.Read more
Forests versus hurricanes
The 12-year absence of major hurricane landfalls in the continental USA ended earlier this year: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma … perhaps the list and the destruction will continue. But what does this have to do with forests?Read more
‘Green deserts’ or functional forests?
‘Planted forests’, “composed of trees established through planting and/or through deliberate seeding of native or introduced species”, rarely manage to fully replicate the rich ecosystems of natural forests. But can they provide benefits for the environment, and for human well-being?Read more
For a better Borneo, new map reveals how much terrain has changed
Incorporating 40 years of maps of Borneo (the world’s third largest island), the Borneo Atlas tool reveals both the forest remaining and what is being reshaped due to degradation and extraction industries. With the ability to search by oil palm or pulpwood concessions, and view the locations of intact peatland, as well as determine the speed with which forest is converted to plantation, the Atlas offers the first significant opportunity to distinguish companies that are avoiding deforestation to a large degree.Read more
It’s too soon to bury REDD+
Is REDD+ dead? The ambitious plan for reducing carbon emissions in the tropics by preventing deforestation and forest degradation is approaching its tenth anniversary, and it has fallen short of expectations. But scientists linked to CIFOR – who have been closely analyzing the implementation of the scheme since 2009 – argue that REDD+, though troubled, is not dead.Read more
Illegal logging: A Russian nesting doll
Illegal logging might appear to be a simple story: A bad guy chopping down trees to make a big profit without obtaining any permission from local authorities or local communities, thus causing great harm to both people and the environment. However, is far more complex than this simple narrative! Before measures can be taken to curb illegal logging, a lot of preliminary work is needed to further assess the activity’s causes, complex dynamics, impacts and trade-offs.Read more
What are CIFOR’s priorities in 2017?
The coming year will be a crucial time for science that impacts forests and people. Find out what the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be working on in 2017.View
Gender and palm oil: A day in the life of a female palm oil worker
Hear from Magdalena Pandan, a 35-year-old oil palm plantation worker in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, who rises before dawn every day to carry out her duties toward her job, her family and her crop lands.View
Community voices - GLF: Peatlands Matter
Voices of farmers and fishermen living and working in peatland areas in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Opening video for the Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter thematic event in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 18, 2017.View
Forests and Energy: What’s the connection?
What connects forests and energy? Hear from Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and Himlal Baral, a scientist in CIFOR’s Forests and Environment Program, in conversation with Forests News Editor Leona Liu on the occasion of the UN International Day of Forests on 21 March 2017, with the theme ‘Forests and Energy’.View
Rewetting Indonesia’s peatlands
Experts from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have been working with the local community in Dompas village, Riau for several months, advising on measures to tackle peatland fires. Riau province has the most frequent fires in the whole of Indonesia. One of these measures is rewetting the degraded land by blocking canals and replanting native vegetation that local villagers can sell and eat, thus introducing a viable economic and environmental alternative to burning land for agricultural purposes.View
Addressing gender and rights in forest and land use
Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, CIFOR’s Social Scientist and Gender Coordinator, speaks about how the forestry sector can contribute towards combatting gender inequalities and enhancing the full enjoyment of human rights by women and girls, and the value of aligning the sector’s work on gender and rights to the global framework on sustainable development.
Watch the full presentation here.
Enhancing transparency in the land sector under the Paris Agreement: Bringing contributions of non-state actors and corporate pledges into national-level climate reporting
Presented by Steven Lawry, Research Director for Governance, at the National Workshop on Translating Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement into National Context, 26 January 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia.Read more
Exploring Participatory Prospective Analysis: A collaborative, scenario-based approach for analyzing and anticipating the consequences of tenure reform implementation
Presented by Nining Liswanti, Esther Mwangi, Tuti Herawati and Mani Ram Banjade on 21 March 2017 at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington, DC.Read more
Forests, food and nutrition: A policy perspective
Presented by Terry Sunderland, from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), at the 125th Anniversary Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), on September 18, 2017 in Freiburg, Germany.
Panel: Multifunctional tropical forest landscapes: Finding solutions in science and practice. Applying ecosystem service approach in navigating forest contributions to rural livelihoods.Read more
Peatlands: Fires and restoration
By Dr Herry Purnomo, Scientist, Smallholder and Community Forestry at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
Presented at the panel discussion organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) for the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (JFCC) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 19, 2017.Read more
19-20 Dec 2017: Bonn, Germany
Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2017: As it happened
On Dec 19-20, the Global Landscapes Forum brought together 1000 attendees from 103 countries in the World Conference Center in Bonn. In total, 21,610,513 people were reached across social media and fully 51,000 people tuned in live from 114 different countries to connect, learn, share and act around our planet’s greatest climate and development challenges. Read on for videos of speeches and sessions, news and photos, as coverage and analysis continues.Read more
World’s biggest gathering on accelerating action for sustainable land use
A major event focused on sustainable land use headlined by world leaders including the President of the Republic of Mauritius H.E. Ameenah Gurib Fakim, former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and the German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) Barbara Hendricks emphasized the need to break down silos between sectors to protect and restore the world’s landscapes and the communities that depend on them.Read more
Indigenous peoples confirm involvement in GLF to 2022
A coordinating forum of the world’s indigenous peoples has confirmed its involvement in the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) over the next five years with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the latest event in Bonn, Germany.Read more
Sadhguru at Global Landscapes Forum: Millions who rally for rivers favor reforestation
Indian mystic leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, known worldwide simply as Sadhguru, connects people with nature, demonstrating how harmonious alignment with the environment leads to beneficial spiritual balance and wellbeing. His efforts have led to big results.Read more
Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim calls for global solidarity over landscapes
As an expert in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius takes a tough stance regarding the detrimental impact of human activities on fragile landscapes.Read more
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18 May 2017: Jakarta, Indonesia
Peatlands: Landscapes that matter
The Center for International Forestry Research has led global research on peatlands for more than 20 years. As the world acts on climate change, understanding the diverse values of peatlands is more important than ever. Explore this site to learn more about CIFOR’s ongoing research into these critical landscapes.Read more
Event highlights: Global Landscapes Forum – Peatlands Matter
It may seem counter-intuitive to put human interests first when tackling an environmental issue as complex and technical as peatlands. The Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter event, however, sought to prove that local experiences are a crucial component to paving the best way forward for these landscapes that cover less than 3-5 percent of the Earth’s surface, but contain more than 30 percent of soil-stored carbon worldwide.Read more
‘Black gold’ for climate mitigation
New tools and new discoveries are drastically altering our existing knowledge of peatlands. Scientists have recently discovered the existence of huge, previously unknown areas of peatland in central Africa and South America – and the numbers are quite astonishing.Read more
Guardians of the forest
The sky turned yellow just before the 2015 peatland fires reached their height in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Then it turned dark, like a phantom’s mask covering the island of Borneo with thick, humid brown haze. The particles in the air were so dense that people’s eyes burned and it became difficult to see, and so toxic that a nine-year-old girl riding her bicycle to school suddenly collapsed in the middle of the road.Read more
The power of science communication
For some residents of South Sumatra, Indonesia, peat is a constant preoccupation.
“Life keeps getting harder,” says 53-year-old Maemunah. She lives in Talangnangka village in the center of the province, among peatland that was once covered in forest. Large swathes have now been drained and set alight in order to clear space for agricultural use, setting off a dangerous ripple effect. The local rubber plantation was recently caught up in one of the fires and was completely destroyed. Water levels in the rivers have also dropped as the peat around them dries.Read more