CIFOR: Climate Summit statements: Agriculture + Forests = Landscapes?

Six global thought leaders presented their big ideas on changing the future of forests and climate research at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate, a special high-level scientific debate hosted by CIFOR, the Earth Institute and Columbia University. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say:  

  • JOHN HOLDREN: “Expanded access to clean energy has to be at the heart of any international development agenda.”
  • CARLOS NOBRE: “Innovation would come from emergence of a new, transformative economic paradigm for the global tropics.”
  • CHERYL PALM: “Bioversity is becoming more important than the carbon story.”


Click here to see videos and transcripts of all the presentations at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate.


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How do we maximize the overall benefits of land use? In a session held during the CGIAR Development Dialogues, a side event to the UN Climate Summit, CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren led a discussion of high-level panelists on integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses. Watch a video of the session here.



Twenty-five years ago, the Montreal Protocol initiated a worldwide ban on ozone-depleting substances. It worked: The Earth’s ozone layer is now recovering. A similarly ambitious plan could curb carbon emissions by enabling carbon storage in forests, write Louis Verchot and Peter Howson, but will require more pushing to overcome technical and financing issues to address humanity’s greatest challenge.

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6-7 December: 2014 Global Landscapes Forum in Lima

Changing landscapes, changing perspectives: Speakers lining up


The most dynamic land-use event of the year is beginning to take shape, with speakers confirming their presence at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum including:

These speakers will join 200 other experts leading discussions to seek answers on such issues as climate change, urbanization, green economy, sustainable energy and more. Expect learning events—and heated debates. Click here to access the latest updates on Forum speakers, and check this space for an updated agenda.

  • SAVE YOUR SPOT: Registration to the Forum is open—act now for early-bird discounts.
  • LAST CALL FOR EXHIBITIONS: There are only a few spots left for your organization to host an exhibition at the Forum. Click here for more details.
  • VISUALIZE DATA AND WIN: Do you make infographics? The Forum’s infographic competition encourages research institutions, think tanks, designers and others to visualize the holistic ‘landscape approach.’ First prize: $1000. Click here to find out more.

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Nature: essential to achieving global goals

A healthy natural world is essential for humanity’s success. At the United Nations, nature is increasingly on the agenda, including at two summits the UN is holding alongside its General Assembly meeting this month, one on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and another on climate action. As these articles from policy leaders show, nature has many roles to play, whether the goal is achieving the SDGs by 2030 or addressing the climate crisis before it is too late. The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 will help define those roles and inspire the bold action the world needs.

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Towards more co-management, public private partnerships in Central Africa

Two scientific articles advocate for Public Private Partnerships as a way of improving biodiversity conservation in Congo Basin forests: protected area management and facilitating long term financial and technical support...

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China goes green again!

Beijing plays a pivotal role in the booming timber trade. After sacrificing its forests to construction projects during the Mao era, China is now reforesting to make its air breathable again. How can it strike the balance between environmental requirements and massive imports?

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Days of the Research Network on Central African Forests (R2FAC), 27-28 September, Douala, Cameroon

Though just fourteen sub-regional and international institutions are founding members, the Network aims to bring together as many researchers as possible, as outlined in its Charter; “This Network seeks to gather various signatory institutions to jointly conduct research and development activities that further the overall objectives of the Network and make quality information available to the public in order to help enhance the management of Central African forests.”

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Preparatory meeting for the experts’ follow-up meeting on the N’djamena international conference

Yaoundé, 6 September 2019 - The meeting hall of the GIZ’s Sustainable Management of Congo Basin Forests Programme hosted a preparatory meeting in view of the experts’ follow-up meeting to the N’Djamena International Conference of Ministers of Defense, Security and Protected Areas on the fight against poaching and other cross-border criminal activities.

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Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) Wildlife Conservation Capacity Development Working Group - List of Upcoming Opportunities and Training Resources

New free textbook: Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa / New IUCN MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on Protected Area Management/ New free eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course: Africa / 1st Africa Protected Areas Congress/ Pathways 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation Conference

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Forest Watch September 2019-Commission Communication opens door to regulation of products that destroy forests, but proposed Mercosur trade deal throws fuel on the Amazon fires

To read: New Commission Communication opens door to regulation of the products that destroy our forests… The proposed Mercosur deal throws fuel on the Amazon fires… NGOs ask the new European Commission to act boldly against illegal logging and forest destruction…

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UN-International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September

"For over three decades, the Montreal Protocol has done much more than shrink the ozone hole; it has shown us how environmental governance can respond to science, and how countries can come together to address a shared vulnerability. I call for that same spirit of common cause and, especially, greater leadership as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilize the ambitious climate action we so urgently need at this time." UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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