Harvesting Prunus africana bark on Mount Cameroon. (Credit: Verina Ingram)
September 29th, 2014

From endangered to everyday tree? How governance makes a difference

A pidgin phrase from northwest Cameroon—‘Chop, no broke pot’ (Eat, but don’t overdo it)—is, essentially, a call for sustainable consumption. The saying also highlights the tensions in governing desirable forest resources in that country. An example is Prunus africana, a tree native the mountains of central Africa used by local people for fuelwood, carving, and […]

Aerial view of a vast mangrove ecosystem in Bintuni Bay, West Papua showing colonization of Avicinea marina in the mudflat
Photo credit: Daniel Murdiyarso
September 25th, 2014

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them. As you move landward from the sea, the amount of salt dissolved in the water […]

Murray River, Australia
(Photo Credit - Tim Philips)
September 25th, 2014

Australia’s Missing Woodland

KERANG, Australia – For thousands of years lush wetlands and dense wooded scrub flanked Australia’s greatest river, until it was largely drained and cut away less than two centuries ago. Now the land is changing again and into what, we do not yet know. On the banks of a major tributary of the great Murray […]

Women workers finish assembling furniture. Jepara, Central Java, Indonesia. Photo credit: CIFOR
September 10th, 2014

Carving a place for women’s rights in Indonesia’s furniture trade

JEPARA, Indonesia — Women have worked with wood for centuries in Jepara, the capital of Indonesia’s thriving carved teak and mahogany furniture industry. Unfortunately, recently the trees and the women whose lives depend on them have not gotten a very good deal. After decades of over-exploitation, Indonesia’s stocks of teak and mahogany are dwindling. If […]

Harvesting rise in the Chittagong Hill tracts. Photo credit: Alex Treadway
September 10th, 2014

Gardens in the sky – Advantages of agroforestry in Bangladesh

ALUTILLA VALLEY, Bangladesh – Imagine a forest that is not really a forest, but a multi-layered garden reaching up more than 10 meters. It produces more than 25 times as much income as the rice it usually replaces and forms a ‘canopy’ that provides a home for endangered plants and animals. It’s a dream, right? […]

Picture shows the workers' compound in FSC-certified concession and the workers coming back from work. Credit Edouard Essiane, CIFOR.
August 26th, 2014

Certifying logging concessions certifies social benefits in Congo Basin

When it comes to sustaining forests so that they can sustain people, forest certification has been heralded as an important tool for improved forest stewardship. The jury is still out on just how much forest certification schemes can tackle deforestation and forest degradation. But a recent study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) […]