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CIFOR Presentation: Introduction to CIFOR

CIFOR Presentation: Introduction to CIFOR. Center for International Forestry Research. Introduction to CIFOR. On the occasion of Ren Wang’s visit to Bogor April 29, 2008. Forests are important.

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CIFOR Presentation: Introduction to CIFOR

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  1. CIFOR Presentation: Introduction to CIFOR

  2. Center for International Forestry Research

  3. Introduction to CIFOR On the occasion of Ren Wang’s visit to Bogor April 29, 2008

  4. Forests are important • 500+ million people in extreme poverty rely on forests for their livelihoods, including food, fuel, fodder, medicine, and timber • Forests harbor 50% of terrestrial biodiversity, and provide a variety of ecosystem services • Deforestation accounts for 20% of global climate emissions Bolivia Bolivia Brazil’s Forest

  5. Forests are under threat 11 million hectares of forest disappear each year Causes of deforestation include: • conversion to agriculture • unsustainable logging practices and illegal logging • infrastructure development • new vulnerability to climate change

  6. CIFOR’s purpose is … To advance human well-being, environmental conservation, and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries Interview - Vietnam Multipurpose Garden – Burkina Faso Rubber Tapping – Vietnam

  7. Global mandate/national presence Indonesia – headquarters Staff also based in: Brazil Burkina Faso Bolivia CameroonEthiopia Guinea Laos Vietnam Zambia Zambia Headquarters

  8. Global mandate/national presence 180 staff working in some 40 countries Partnering with 260 institutions in 52 countries China Nepal Mexico India Laos Vietnam Honduras Mali Burkina Faso Guatemala Cambodia Guinea Philippines Costa Rica Nicaragua CAR Ethiopia Siera Leone Columbia Cameroon Ghana PNG Guyana Equador Uganda Gabon Indonesia DRC Tanzania Solomon Island Zambia Mozambique Brazil Zimbabwe Bolivia Madagascar Chile Argentina South Africa

  9. CIFOR’s research programs • Forests and livelihoods • Forest governance • Environmental services and the sustainable use of forests Conflict Management North Sumatera - Indonesia Bamboo - Vietnam Soil Survey on PeatlandEast Kalimantan - Indonesia

  10. Forests and livelihoods Improving human well-being by researching forest use, management, and enterprise Example: Poverty and Environment Network (PEN) • PhD students compiling data on forest and poverty links • Surveying 9,000 households, 400 communities • Brazil-nuts in Bolivia, bamboo in China, decentralization in Uganda PEN Training of Enumerators - China

  11. Forests and livelihoods – impact Better policies in Brazil, Bolivia and Indonesia to enhance rural enterprises • Old regulations made transporting forest products difficult and costly, and discouraged community forestry • New regulations are: • Making it easier to market certain species • Enhancing community productivity • Stimulating domestication of forest products Transporting Medicinal Vine - Brazil

  12. Research to promote accountable, transparent and equitable forest management Focusing on: Decentralization, finance, trade, and law enforcement Example: Rights and Resources Initiative – CIFOR global study CIFOR data assisting a major global consortium Helps influential stakeholders more effectively strengthen local rights and tenure Regional, national and international policy dialogue in 10 countries Forests and governance Poverty & Decentralization Workshop - Bolivia Illegal Logging – Kalimantan, Indonesia

  13. Forests and governance – impact Policy paper informs Brussels DRC Declaration CIFOR’s expertise on logging, livelihoods and forest conflict helped shape World Bank’s engagement with DRC forestry sector World Bank starting to focus on informal-sector, NTFPs and small-scale logging followingCIFOR recommendations Informed 500 delegates at the CIFORchaired Brussels declaration meeting DRC - Forest

  14. Environmental services • Sustainable use and management of forests • Biodiversity in fragmented landscapes • Forests and climate change Example: Improved logging practices • CIFOR research fills gap: Sustainable Forest Management and Reduced Impact Logging guidelines tend to focus on soil and water, not biodiversity • Guidelines help loggers reconcile timber production with conservation Brazil’s Forest RIL and FSC certification - Brazil

  15. Environmental services - impact 1st ever Forest Day for UN climate change negotiations • With Collaborative Partnership on Forests – 2007-08-09 • High-level participation: Ministers, UN agencies, World Bank, private sector • Overwhelming interest – 800 participants • Launch of major REDD paper • Closing statement accepted by Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary: “the day’s outcomes could help with negotiations”

  16. Journal Articles

  17. Edited Volumes

  18. Working Papers and Occasional Papers

  19. Perspectives

  20. Co-Published

  21. Manuals

  22. Evidence of Impact As a result of CIFOR’s research: • companies have changed practices; • GOI has changed GOI plantation development policy; • Banks have withheld finance; • 135,000 hectares of forest saved, worth $134 million. Pulp Mill – North Sumatera, Indonesia

  23. Strategic partnerships • CIFOR’s partnership approach well regarded (survey) • 45% of refereed publications in 2005 and 2006 included developing country partners as co-authors • “Learning by doing” approach to capacity-building • CIFOR and the World Agroforestry Center • 10-year partnership in bringing together research on forest systems and trees in agricultural landscapes • Joint Biodiversity Platform, ASB, Amazon Initiative • Shared staff, Board representation, outreach, facilities

  24. CIFOR’s communications • 18,000 people receive POLEX policy briefs in five languages • World Bank, FAO, ITTO, CBD, and GEF documents heavily cite CIFOR publications • > 400 media stories about CIFOR research per year

  25. CIFOR’s finances • Board approved PWB 2008 $18.8 million • Income • Restricted • $9.94 million (projected 2008) • $9.85 million (2007) • $7.92 million (2006) • Unrestricted • $8.52 million (projected 2008) • $8.32 million (2007) • $7.81 million (2006)

  26. CIFOR’s finances • Good ratio of unrestricted/restricted funds • Modest growth • Healthy reserve levels • Clean external audit reports

  27. CIFOR’s new strategy Ten-year strategy developed in response to: • Board request and EPMR recommendation to address changed internal and external conditions • Developed with key stakeholders and staff • Greater attention to impact pathways associated with six priority research domains • Approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2007

  28. CIFOR’s vision is for a world … • Where forests are high on the political agenda and are recognized for their livelihood and ecosystem values • Where decisions affecting forests incorporate: • Solid science, good governance and the perspectives of developing countries and forest dependent people

  29. CIFOR aspires to be …. The ‘go-to’ place for information and analysis: • On the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation • On the links between forests and poverty • On the impact on forests of globalized trade and investment • That reflects the perspectives of less powerful stakeholders Bordering peat swamp – East Kalimantan Forest Burning - Lampung

  30. 1: Enhancing the role of forests in climate change mitigation (focus on REDD) • Estimating and managing carbon stocks • Identification of conditions for effective REDD implementation • Political economy barriers to efficient and effective REDD regimes

  31. 2: Enhancing the role of forests in adaptation to climate change • Bringing climate change adaptation into forest management • Mainstreaming forestry into climate change adaptation

  32. 3: Improving livelihoods through smallholder and community forestry • Sustainable technical practices for smallholder and community forestry • Institutional arrangements to enhance livelihood outcomes • Policies to level the playing field for small producers

  33. 4: Managing conservation and development trade-offs • Methods for assessing ecosystem services • Platforms for negotiating trade-offs • Analysis of alternative institutional frameworks and conservation approaches

  34. 5: Forest-related trade and investment • Trade and investment scenarios and trends likely to affect forests • Landscape-level impacts of trade and investment trends on forests and forest-dependent communities

  35. 6: Sustainable management of tropical production forests • Analysis of alternative forest policy regimes • Tools and information for better production forest management • Approaches for incorporating local people’s values, rights and benefit sharing

  36. We look forward to your questions

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