Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Science for forests and people

The Center for International Forestry Research is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity. CIFOR conducts research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries.

Research and expert analysis help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. CIFOR's multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.

Focus on major global issues

CIFOR's research spans governance, poverty and environmental issues.

  • How do we manage forests in ways that enable us to mitigate and adapt to climate change?
  • How can the people who depend on smallholder and community forestry improve their livelihoods?
  • How do we manage the trade-offs between conservation and development?
  • How do we manage the impacts of globalised trade and investment?
  • How can tropical production forests be managed sustainably?

CIFOR’s general brochure is available here in English, Indonesian, French, Spanish.

Photo: A woman in Jambi, Sumatra, showing a man how she prepares forest fibers for weaving. Carol Colfer/CIFOR

Gender in Forestry and REDD+ in Indonesia

This policy brief provides considerations for mainstreaming gender concerns into REDD+ and the forestry sector in Indonesia.

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Adaptation in the Congo Basin

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A monitoring instrument for resilience

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Assessing current social vulnerability to climate change

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Global Landscapes Forum

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COBAM Rwanda Vulnerability

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Capacity Development

To improve the capacity of research and training institutions in developing countries to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.

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Vulnerability

Guidelines and tools for assessing the social and biophysical vulnerability to climate change.

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Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Enhancing ecosystem services to support climate adaptation.

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Forests and Climate Change

Exploring the role of forests for the adaptation of people to climate change.

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