Make your voice heard at Forest Day's ideas market

With COP18 in Doha soon approaching, now is the time to ensure your voice is heard at Forest Day’s interactive session: the Issues Marketplace. Attended by 500 high-level forest stakeholders at last year’s Forest Day in Durban, this one-hour session is a chance for organisations to present their ideas, network and discuss current forestry issues with other experts in the sector. Topics under discussion will include national forest monitoring systems for REDD and forest landscapes restoration. We’ve extended the application deadline until 20 September, so please click here for guidelines. Space is limited.

We are also extending the application deadline for table top exhibitions until 30 September 2012. For more information, please click here or download the application form.

CIFOR's 20th anniversary
Celebrate 20 years of forest research with CIFOR Alumni and friends

Preparations for CIFOR’s 20 year anniversary are underway and we would like to invite you to join us in commemorating this special occasion. To receive updates and invites to events near you, then please join our Alumni mailing list or sign up to be a friend of CIFOR. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Science dispatch
Indonesia: a new hope for rhino conservation?

“There has been little good news for rhino conservation in recent years. Increasing demand for rhino horn has led to a massive spike in prices and incidents of poaching. This is having a devastating impact on the last rhinoceros populations in Africa and Asia,” says Terry Sunderland, CIFOR Scientist, in this new Science Dispatch. However, with 2012 officially declared the “Year of the Rhino” by Indonesian President Yudhoyono and with several recent sightings of the Sumatran Rhino (the first recorded sighting in the north of the country in over 26 years) – new hope may be on the horizon for Rhino conservation in Indonesia and around the world.

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Soybeans and forests in Brazil's Arc of Deforestation: A temporary truce?

“With global demand for commodities like palm oil, soy and beef rapidly increasing and the supply of usable lands dwindling, can forests survive?” asks Christine Padoch, CIFOR Scientist in this month’s POLEX. Christine examines how the state of Matto Grosso in Brazil has been successful in reducing deforestation whilst boosting agricultural yields. However, without new policy incentives -- such as the improved use of degraded lands, combined with strong monitoring and enforcement -- new technologies allowing better access to forests and loop holes in the amended Forest Code could undermine this trend, she says.

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Mozambique resists external pressures and drafts own REDD+ strategy

Mozambique has taken a “remarkable” approach to reducing deforestation: engaging local communities and other stakeholders that will be most directly affected and drafting its own forest conservation strategy rather than relying on external consultants. “Mozambique has made a good start in identifying its own way of realising REDD – in fact, this is key to ensure that REDD+ is not getting hijacked by different interests,” says Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff, CIFOR scientist and co-author of a new CIFOR study which examines the political and economic context in which REDD+ is emerging in Mozambique.

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Science dispatch
REDD+ opens up new opportunities for forest product management in the Amazon

Subnational REDD+ projects in south western Amazon countries are creating new opportunities for multiple-use management of forest products such as Brazil nuts and timber, says a new Science Dispatch by Brazil-based CIFOR scientist, Amy Duchelle. Revisiting her previous research on the conservation and livelihood outcomes of Brazil nut management by rural communities in the Amazon, she discusses how REDD+ schemes could learn from current opportunities and limitations associated with multiple use forestry systems.

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Agriculture: friend or foe of the Moluccan cockatoo?

Efforts to totally ban traditional, un-intensive agricultural activity inside an Indonesian national park that is home to the endangered Moluccan cockatoo could negatively affect the very species the park was created to protect, suggests a new blog. Many of the 60,000-strong bird population, found in the Moluccan islands in east Indonesia, depend on the fertile forest gardens for their survival. A ban on traditional agricultural practices issued by the park to limit the activities of local communities could be “detrimental to the cockatoo population,” says Masatoshi Sasaoka, a CIFOR postdoctoral researcher.

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Why rural women in Uganda should be empowered to take the lead in forestry

Encouraging women to take leadership positions needs to become a national priority for Uganda’s policymakers in order to curb the country’s rampant and increasing deforestation, says Abwoli Yabezi Banana, lead author of a new CIFOR report: “We need to expand the role of women in public life as they are still largely shut out of decision-making in Uganda. This has serious implications for forests.” Providing small-scale grants for women involved in tree planting and forest products processing, increased training and scholarships for female forestry scientists, and widening the public debate on gender and natural resources management are just some of the report’s recommendations.  

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Forests and Climate Change Initiative on weADAPT

Are you interested in exploring forests and climate change issues in an integrated way? CIFOR is the Knowledge Partner of a new initiative, Forests and Climate Change, on, which brings together updates, projects, and knowledge articles related to the role of forest and trees for the adaptation of people to climate change, the synergies and trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation in forest socio-ecological systems, and the impacts of climate change on these systems. Practitioners, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders are invited to explore the initiative and share experiences and projects. Sign-up here to start uploading your own content.

Upcoming events

IUCN World Conservation Congress
6 – 15 September, International Convention Centre, Jeju, South Korea. more

COFO 21, Committee on Forestry - 21st Session/3rd World Forest Week
24 – 28 September, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy. more

Eco-Summit 2012, Ecological Sustainability, Restoring the Plant's Ecosystem Services
30 September – 5 October 2012, Ohio, United States. more

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
8 – 19 October 2012, Andhra Pradesh, India. more

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The context of REDD+ in Mozambique: Drivers, agents, and institutions

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Code book for the analysis of media frames in articles on REDD

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Dry forest based livelihoods in resettlement areas of Northwestern Ethiopia


Pelangi di Tanah Kartini: Kisah aktor mebel Jepara bertahan dan melangkah ke depan


Rainfall and Elevation Influence the Local-Scale Distribution of Tree Community in the Southern Region of Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot (India)


Withering before full bloom?: Bioenergy development in Southeast Asia

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The context of REDD+ in Indonesia: Drivers, agents, and institutions

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Rights and wellbeing An Analytical approach to global case comparison of community forestry

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Vulnerability, forest-related sectors and climate change adaptation: The case of Cameroon

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Secondary level organisations and the democratisation of forest governance: Case studies from Nepal and Guatemala

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REDD+ projects as a hybrid of old and new forest conservation approaches

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Gender and forestry in Uganda: Policy, legal and institutional frameworks

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