On September 23rd 2014 at the United Nations summit on Climate change in New York, governments, companies and campaigners made a pledge to halt the loss of the world’s natural forests by 2030, halve the rate of deforestation by the end of this decade and to restore hundreds of millions of acres of degraded land.
In this video we give five top scientists - also meeting in New York for the Colloquium on Forests and Climate Change (http://www.cifor.org/colloq...) one minute each to give their first response to the declaration.
In September 2014, CIFOR hosted the Colloquium on Forests and Climate as part of Climate Week NYC. See what our key speakers had to say about the event and outcomes from the week. Learn more: http://blog.cifor.org/climate-week
To foster new thinking, CIFOR and the Earth Institute issued a challenge to six thought leaders on climate: Tell us your big ideas on how to change the future by challenging the present. Watch these leaders present their responses in a special high-level scientific debate held as part of New York’s Climate Week, Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change.
The Amazon rainforest hosts some of the richest biodiversity in the world; stores vast amounts of carbon; and regulates the climate and rainfall over a vast area. But it's also home to more than 30 million people in nine South American countries, many of whom rely on the forest for their livelihoods. CIFOR's research in the region aims to shed light on how the forests can be used in more sustainable ways -- while improving the lives of their poorest inhabitants.
In Brazil's far west, the state of Acre -- made famous by the rubber tapper social movement and the murder of its leader Chico Mendes -- is now trying to prove that it is possible to safeguard the Amazon -- and improve the lives of rural people at the same time.
ECUADOR: Smallholders, logging and the law
In the Ecuadorian Amazon, CIFOR researchers have been examining the country's thriving domestic timber market, trying to understand how smallholders and chainsaw millers relate it, and the links to the international timber trade. They're also looking at women's roles in timber harvesting. And their results aren't just published in journals, but shared with the communities where the research was done.
PERU: Balancing Brazil nuts and timber
In Madre de Dios in Peru, CIFOR scientists are tackling a controversial question. They are working alongside local university students to try to determine the impact selective logging is having on nut production in Brazil nut concessions.
BRAZIL: Tackling deforestation
Brazil has dramatically reduced the deforestation rate in the Amazon over the past decade. How did they do it? Can they sustain it? Can this success be replicated by other countries? And have the costs been borne by Brazil's other forest ecosystem, the Cerrado?