The Matching Game: Revisiting Protected Area Effectiveness

 Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference In this month's POLEX, CIFOR scientist Sven Wunder continues the debate on protected area effectiveness by asking, "Could we compare the fate of a protected forest with that of a similar matched forest without protection status?" Highlighting a new report by the World Bank and International Rice Research Institute that makes a comparative study of incidences of forest fires in three tropical continents, he suggests that protected areas and 'parks with people' lead to less forest fires, and therefore an overall increase in carbon and biodiversity conservation than forests without protected status.

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Indonesia's forest moratorium: A stepping stone to better forest governance?

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia ConferenceA team of scientists linked to CIFOR has completed a 4-month analysis of the ban on new forestry concessions that the Indonesian government announced in May. The purpose of the study is to help stakeholders on all sides interpret the significance of the two-year moratorium and determine what steps are needed to maximize its positive impact.


Fewer Farms = More Forest = Less Biodiversity?

The context of REDD+ in Brazil: drivers, agents, and institutions If clearing tropical forests for agriculture is a major cause of the ongoing catastrophic decline in biodiversity, conventional thinking would have us believe that reducing the number of farms and allowing the forests to expand should help reverse that decline, at least locally, says CIFOR Programme Director Christine Padoch in a POLEX article. Not so, according to her review of the latest research published by the University of Manitoba that examines the impact of shifting land use in two communities in Mexico's Oaxaca state.

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Laughing at the global environment

'Snapshot' of REDD in Papua New Guinea Scientists Erik Meijaard, Douglas Sheil and Louis Verchot discuss a satirical exposé of the double standards that often dominate discussions on the global environment. "Many people in wealthy countries have quite different ideas about tropical forest conservation and management than the people in whose countries these forests grow," they write in this blog article. The authors argue that more common ground is needed on deciding what is fair and who should carry the burden of retaining tropical forests.

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Gender themed issue of International Forestry Review

Watch live video feed of Forests Indonesia Conference Featuring articles by several CIFOR scientists, a new gender themed issue of the International Forestry Review focuses on the challenges and opportunities faced by women as they adapt to the impacts of climate change. Drawn from a wide variety of contexts in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the papers explore gender-related themes ranging from climate vulnerability, rights and access to NTFP markets, social movements, forest tenure reform, and REDD+. They highlight advances made by women in forest resource management and consider the benefits to women's involvement in the use, sale and management of forest resources. Visit CIFOR's gender page for the complete set of articles, related publications and blogs.

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Forest Day 4

Register now for Forest Day in Durban

This year's Forest Day will have a strong focus on Africa, looking at the humid forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest. The need for greater awareness of the latest research on Africa's forests is underscored by predictions that the continent will be hit hard by climate change. Register now for the Dec. 4 event, which is held annually on the sidelines of the annual U.N. climate change talks. For more information, click here.



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Dry Forests Symposium: Defining a new research agenda for Africa's dry forests

CIFOR, in association with key stakeholders, will convene a one-day event, Dry Forests Symposium: Defining a new research agenda for Africa's dry forests, alongside the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa on 1 December. The event will provide a global platform for 200 representatives from the research and development sector, to openly discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in the sustainable use of dry forests, within broader agricultural landscapes. It is envisioned that the Symposium will yield agreement on the outlines of a regional strategy for dry forests research on the continent, with the long-term objective of developing a global agenda for dry forest research. To register, click here.

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Special feature
Forest Indonesia coverage

See a full roundup of news releases, blog stories, speeches and videos from CIFOR's Forests Indonesia conference, which was held on 27 September 2011 in Jakarta. Watch Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhyono, vow to dedicate the last three years of his administration to safeguarding his nation's rainforests, and Erik Solheim, Norway's Minister for the Environment, pledge support for Indonesia's fight again climate change.



Upcoming events

Second Asia-Pacific Forestry Week: New Challenges - New Opportunities
7 – 11 November 2011, Beijing, China. more

IUFRO International conference – Research priorities in tropical silviculture: towards new paradigms?
15 - 18 November 2011, Montpellier, France. more

Sabah Heart of Borneo (HoB) Green Economy Development: Engaging Business for Environment
15 – 16 November 2011, The Magellan Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. more

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No farmer left behind in sustainable biofuel production

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Introduction to the special issue on forests and gender

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