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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

CIFOR conducts global research on forest and climate change, adaptation, redd, indigenous groups, deforestation, gender, dry forests, food security, illegal logging, governance, biodiversity. The Center for International Forestry Research is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries.Our 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.Our 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.CIFOR focuses on the following research areas:- Enhancing the role of forests in mitigating climate change.- Enhancing the role of forests in adapting to climate change.- Improving livelihoods through smallholder and community forestry.- Managing trade-offs between conservation and development at the landscape scale.- Managing impacts of globalised trade and investment on forests and forest communities.- Sustainably managing tropical production forests.

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CIFOR in Conversation | Iliana Monterroso

CIFOR co-coordinator Iliana Monterroso calls in from Guatamala City to talk about women and land rights, a new infobrief "Gender and formalization of native communities in the Peruvian Amazon," and the way forward.Link to infobrief: https://www.cifor.org/library/7108/

7mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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The role of science in achieving transformational change in land-use sector

CIFOR scientist Stibniati Atmadja discusses the importance of transforming land-use sector to solve the climate crisis.This podcast was recorded at the U.N COP 25 climate talks in Madrid.

4mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Radio talk show on the Water Towers: Project findings in Mt. Elgon Kenya

An interactive radio talk show that was held on 29th January 2018 at 8:00-9:00 pm in local radio station, West FM, in Western Kenya. The purpose of the radio talk show was to disseminate key findings of the research dimensions of the Water Towers project and to discuss the practical dimensions, including benefits and challenges, of joint forest and water governance. The radio talk show involved three resource persons-Sylvia Rotich (CIFOR intern), Geoffrey Chestit (Chairman, Cheptais Community Forest Association) and Amos Chemining’wa (Chembombai Water Resource Users Association).

42mins

3 May 2019

Rank #3

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Agroforestry for transforming commodity crops

Andrew Miccolis, country coordinator and lead scientist of the Brazil program of World Agroforestry (ICRAF), describes agroforestry’s contribution to mitigating the climate emergency. He specifically discusses the successful mixed oil-palm agroforestry systems the team have created in Brazil and his plans for sharing the knowledge globally.This podcast was recorded at the U.N COP 25 climate talks in Madrid.

5mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Report on the problem of grazing in Burkina Faso

Excerpt from 'Exodus of Burkinabe Herders’, aired on RTB (Magazine la Terre Notre Richesse), 18 January 2018, and 'Land for Transhumant Herders’, aired on RTB (Rendez-vous de la Redaction), 18 March 2018

14mins

11 May 2018

Rank #5

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Agroforestry for farmers’ livelihoods and ecosystem services

Lalisa Duguma, Senior Scientist Sustainable Landscapes and Resilience with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), explains the multiple benefits that trees on farms - agroforestry - provides to farmers facing the challenges of climate change.

7mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Agroforestry for the NDCs

Peter Akong Minang, Principal Science Advisor with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), explains the contribution of agroforestry - trees on farms - to countries' nationally determined contributions and to farmers' livelihoods and the health of the planet.

4mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Radio talk show on the Water Towers: Project findings in local language

An interactive radio talk show was held on 18th December at 8:00-9:00 pm through a vernacular radio station, Chamgei FM, which is part of Royal Media Services. The purpose of the radio talk show was to disseminate key findings of the research dimensions of the Water Towers project and to also discuss the practical dimensions, including benefits and challenges, of joint forest and water governance. The radio talk show involved three resource persons—Sylvia Rotich (CIFOR intern), Alfred Soi (Chairman, Londiani Forest Community Forestry Association) and William Koros (Chairman, Itare-Chemosit Water Resource Users Association).

20mins

31 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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Gender power relationships

Houria Hjoudi, a senior scientist at CIFOR, discusses transformative change in relation to gender.This podcast was recorded at the U.N COP 25 climate talks in Madrid.

4mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Report on migration and natural resource management of néré in the zone Sissili Ziro

Excerpt from 'Migrations and Natural Resource Management’, aired on RTB (Chronique Environnement), 7 April 2018

1min

11 May 2018

Rank #10

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Role of data in Nationally Determined Contributions

Thuy Pham, a CIFOR scientist, shares hers perspectives on data in forestry science.This podcast was recorded at the U.N COP 25 climate talks in Madrid.

3mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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How to catalyze gender equitable change

Markus Ihalainen, CIFOR’s Senior Research and Engagement Officer explores some of the challenges women face in climate action efforts.This podcast was recorded at the U.N COP 25 climate talks in Madrid.

4mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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How trees and water fuel sustainable communities

This podcast highlights the link between trees, forests and the role they play in regulating water supply for nearby communities. Ani Adiwinata Nawir, a scientist working with the Kanoppi Project at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), discusses the underground river hidden beneath the karst ecosystem and limestone in the cultural heartland of Yogyakarta, one of the driest areas on the island of Java, Indonesia. Malesu Maimbo, theme leader of the Water Management Unit at World Agroforestry (ICRAF), shares insights into his work on green water harvesting across the African continent.The work was undertaken through the Drylands Development Programme, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and World Vision Australia.

27mins

30 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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COVID-19 and what it means for wild meat

Tune in for highlights from our previous webinar that addresses the current issues around wildmeat in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion is led by CIFOR Director General, Robert Nasi, with CIFOR Associate Nathalie van Vliet, CIFOR Senior Associate John E. Fa and CIFOR Research Consultant Lauren Coad.

56mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Forests 101: The green infrastructure sustaining the life on earth

In this episode that coincides with the International Day of Forests, we go back to the basics and discuss forests’ invaluable role for the planet and for humanity. Our guest CIFOR Director General Robert Nasi shares his views on the most pressing challenges in forest conservation and management. And in the race against climate change, commitment and action are needed more than ever.

18mins

21 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Women farmers, the unsung heroes

In our very first episode that coincides with International Women’s Day, we highlight the lives of the world’s invisible heroes: women farmers who feed the world. Our guests Houria Djoudi, CIFOR Senior Scientist, Sustainable Landscape and Livelihood team, and Ana Maria Paez-Valencia, ICRAF Scientist on Gender Unit, share their insights on the roles of women in forest communities and the inspiration for their research with women around the world.

21mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Introducing: Let's Talk Trees

When we hear the word ‘science,’ we often think about equations and a technical approach to problem solving. This podcast series brought to you by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) aims to go beyond the numbers. By looking at the science of forestry, agroforestry and landscapes through stories, real-life experiences and the lives of people communities around the world, we aim to make that knowledge and information more human, relevant and understandable. Because what’s the use of research if we don’t understand it?

2mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Blue carbon and peatlands and the role they play at climate talks

Blue carbon and peatlands and the role they play at climate talks

6mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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What’s going on at COP25?

Steve Leonard, CIFOR senior climate analyst, discusses the state of play after the first week of COP25 in Madrid, including the expectations and the implications of negotiations on the world’s forests. Steve spoke from Madrid with CIFOR Team Leader Jeremy van Loon.

3mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Forests wildfire

CIFOR tropical forest ecologist Rosa Roman-Cuesta discusses this year's fires that have occurred in all types of ecosystems from boreal forests to tropical peatlands. She explains the root causes of the problem and what needs to be done to prevent recurring incidents.

6mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #20