Watch live video feed online of Forest Day 6 from Doha on December 2

Among the line-up of 70 speakers this year are World Bank Director of Climate Policy and Finance Mary Barton-Dock; Australian Ambassador for Climate Change Justin Lee; Global Environment Facility CEO Naoko Ishii; El Salvadoran Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Herman Humberto Rosa Chavez; Australian National University's Climate Change Institute Executive Director Will Steffen.

A live video broadcast of the conference will start on Sunday, December 2 at 09:00 Doha time (01:00 EST) (06:00 GMT) (07:00 CET) & (13:00 in Jakarta). If you are in Doha and would like to attend, visit here (only a tiny handful of seats remain).

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A delay in key decisions at Doha could see REDD+ lose its climate change focus

While significant progress is being made at the local level to move ahead with an international scheme to reduce carbon emissions via decreasing deforestation (REDD+), countries at this week's U.N. climate summit in Doha (COP18) need to 'think big on emissions targets and funding' to ensure the scheme does not lose its focus. In this COP18 curtain raiser, CIFOR scientists Lou Verchot and Arild Angelsen, discuss some of the key challenges and decisions needed on forests. 

For the latest news, videos and blogs during COP18, visit out special feature here.

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Working together for the green heart of Africa

Stretching across Central Africa, the Congo Basin is the second largest tract of rainforest in the world, yet it is being cleared at an alarming rate. This special multimedia package features 11 blog stories, nine videos and hundreds of photographs from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo that look at the sustainable management of the bushmeat trade; the impact of chain saw milling on livelihoods and forests; the role of non-timber forest products, and what policy makers need to know to ensure the Congo Basin's forests are sustainably managed in the future. 

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Communication challenges in science for forest policy

Communicating science and research findings, and their implications, is a challenge for senders as well as receivers. "We strive to have rigorous and relevant evidence at one end, and a democratic decision process at the other. But we will still fail if communication between the two malfunctions or is overwhelmed by information that is only poorly based on science," said CIFOR Director General, Peter Holmgren. In this POLEX, he examines the possible consequences of using good information badly and bad information convincingly, and asks "how successful are we in convincing stakeholders about the state of forests and forestry?"

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Clocking the world's forests

CIFOR has just launched a new 'World Forests Clock' that provides "a new way to illustrate what is happening to the world's forests and forestry", says CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren in this recent blog. Revisiting an earlier post, in which he described the 'deforestation factor' as a one-dimensional look at forest trends, the new clock featured on the CIFOR home page gives a more comprehensive perspective on deforestation, forest planting, renewable energy, carbon sequestration and the value of forest products trade.

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Science dispatch
Beyond flight of fancy: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

"When the Secretary-General of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Darryl Webber, rose to conclude the organisation's tenth meeting two weeks ago in Singapore, he simply stated his view that "the RSPO is flying"", says Samuel McGlennon, a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University, currently based at CIFOR. In his first blog, Samuel discusses the achievements and challenges that lie ahead for the RSPO, as its members seek to demonstrate that the continued expansion of palm oil can be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

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Over 100,000 squatters found in Sumatran National park

Sumatra's Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park—home to the endangered Sumatran rhinos, tigers, and elephants—has become overrun with coffee farmers, loggers, and opportunists according to a new paper by CIFOR scientists. "This is the first real consensus of the number of squatters in the area" said Patrice Levang, lead author and CIFOR scientist in this video. Despite forest clearing for coffee growing and agricultural activities, there has been little action by authorities to stop the deforestation. The solutions are not easy, argues Patrice, particularly as "in this case both conservation and development are unlikely to work in this area".

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Upcoming events

18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC
26 November 2012 - 7 December 2012, Doha, Qatar. more

African Studies Association 55th Annual Meeting: Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa
29 November - 1 December 2012, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, United States. more

The First International Conference on Pesticidal Plants
18 - 21 February 2013, Nairobi, Kenya. more

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