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When domestic policies are not enough: A call for a regional approach to wood fuel governance
As part of the project Governing Multifunctional Landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa, financed by the European Union, CIFOR and FFF hosted a regional exchange to discuss how to better incorporate wood fuel in energy and poverty reduction policies, and to encourage mutual learning from other countries’ domestic wood fuel strategies.
COVID-19 and what it means for wild meat
The spreading of diseases from animals to humans—also called zoonotic—is a public health concern in light of the current pandemic. COVID-19 that has now spread to more than 100 countries worldwide is also suspected to be originated from pangolin or bat sold in market in Wuhan, China.
As the efforts to curb pandemic accelerate, many conservationists are welcoming China’s move to outlaw hunting and consumption of wild animals. And yet, the reality is not that simple. The ban may put millions of forest dwellers at risk of food insecurity, as Indigenous or rural communities often consume wild meat as their sole source of protein.
How do we address this challenge? Can we find the middle ground to this complex reality?
This webinar is organized with the support of the TRADE HUB, SWM, FTA projects and the Bushmeat Research Initiative of CIFOR.
INDONESIA’S SECRET FORESTS: Underground water world
In Java’s cultural heartland, a hidden world of caverns, clear water and mysterious creatures has created an ecosystem like no other. The real treasure lies deep underground, in a mysterious world of rivers and caverns, adorned with crystals, stalactites and stalagmites and inhabited by unusual creatures. Sculpted by water over millions of years, this subterranean system is a magnet for adventure seekers and a key reservoir for local communities. But erosion, pollution and overuse threaten to contaminate the water and harm the unusual geological formations. This underground world is inseparable from the world above, and land use on the surface affects both the quality and the quantity of the system’s water. Therefore, funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Kanoppi Project, a joint effort of the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), is bringing a multidisciplinary team from Watershed Management Technology Center, the regional planning agency, and community representatives together to study the watershed’s problems and develop plans and policies for better management at the landscape level.
Related photographs to the video:
CIFOR. 2020. Underground landscape in Gunungkidul District, Yogyakarta.
(Available on https://www.flickr.com/photos/cifor/albums/72157711767432402).
Other related outputs under Kanoppi Project
Article in CIFOR annual report and relevant blogs on the project
CIFOR. 2019. CIFOR Annual report 2018: Forests matter, page 15. Bogor, Indonesia: Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Available on https://annualreport2018.cifor.org/livelihoods-from-forests-and-trees/honey-nuts-teak-and-indigo/.
CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). 2019. What’s good for business is good forforests in Indonesia (Available on https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/news/whats-good-for-business-is-good-for-forests-in-indonesia/).
Evans, M. 2019. The future of social forestry in Indonesia. How to propel community forest management by 750%. (Available on https://forestsnews.cifor.org/60457/the-future-of-social-forestry-in-indonesia?fnl=en).
Journal papers based on case studies conducted in Gunungkidul District, Yogyakarta
Maryudi, A., Mulyana, B., Nawir, A. A., Sekartaji, D. A., Siswoko, B.D., Sumardamto, P., Supriyatno, N., Soraya, E. and Yuwono, T., 2017. Beyond good wood: Exploring strategies for small-scale forest growers and enterprises to benefit from legal and sustainable certification in Indonesia, Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics. Vol. 118 No. 1 (2017): 17-29 (Available on https://www.cifor.org/library/6382/).
Croft-Cusworth, C. 2017. Getting a good price on good wood.
(Available on https://forestsnews.cifor.org/51907/getting-a-good-price-on-good-wood?fnl=en).
Maryudi, A., Nawir, A. A., Sekartaji, D. A., Sumardamto, P., Purwanto, R. H., Sadono, R., Suryanto, P., Soraya, E. and Riyanto, S., 2017. Smallholder Farmers’ Knowledge of Regulations Governing the Sale of Timber and Supply Chains in Gunungkidul District, Indonesia. Journal of Small-scale Forestry (Springer). Vol. 16 No. 1 (2017) (Available on https://www.cifor.org/library/6181/).
Other produced videos and related blogs
CIFOR. 2018. Secrets of the Mutis Honey Hunters.
(In English available on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWTDdLTp3Rs)
(In Indonesian available on Rahasia pemburu madu Mutis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Zs-UhnwFo&t=7s).
Dayne, S. 2018. New children’s book teaches the sustainable traditions of West Timorese honey hunters. (Available on https://www.foreststreesagroforestry.org/news-article/new-childrens-book-teaches-the-sustainable-traditions-of-west-timorese-honey-hunters/).
CIFOR. 2016. Mutis Timau Forest Honey (Available on https://youtu.be/qR-WFOYju94).
Croft-Cusworth, C. 2016. Wild honey harvest.
(In English available on: http://blog.cifor.org/43871/a-living-tradition-with-sweet-rewards?fnl=en).
(In Indonesian available on: http://blog.cifor.org/44479/tradisi-panen-madu-hutan-masyarakat-olin-fobia?fnl=id).
Engaging the private sector to support sustainable wood fuel production in Cameroon (French).
International Day of Forests
As a new decade begins, social and economic initiatives backed by sound government policies are key to spurring conservation and sustainable management of fragile forest and agroforestry ecosystems.
We must stop destroying our forests. They are central to biodiversity, water, the preservation of cultural values and the livelihoods of local and Indigenous communities. #forestsmatter #SDGS
March 21 is the International Day of Forests
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