Forests matter

Messages from the Director General and Chair of the Board

We began 2018 by looking back on 25 years of impact, and ended it by looking forward to a bold new merger with World Agroforestry."

Robert Nasi
Director General

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Through its unique strategy of rigourous science, engagement and outreach, CIFOR continues to set the bar for tropical forest research worldwide."

Chair of the Board

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25 years of impact

Over the past 25 years, CIFOR has built a reputation for innovative research, on-the-ground capacity building, and meaningful engagement for forests and people.

Follow key milestones and achievements in our interactive timeline.

Policy influence Major CIFOR events Research highlights & outcomes Partnerships & outreach

Keeping trees in the ground

CIFOR and similar institutions are key for promoting informed and critical debate and understanding about the sustainability of forest resources and equitable access to their benefits."

Former CIFOR Director General

CIFOR targets the social and economic causes of deforestation, working with communities, government and private companies to find ways to restore and sustain tropical forests.

Wetlands for the future

If we act seriously on mangroves and seagrass, we can meet the Paris objectives relatively easily."

Daniel Murdiyarso
CIFOR Principal Scientist

Wetlands - including peatlands, mangroves, swamps and seagrass - store more carbon than any other tropical forest. CIFOR is a leader in putting these little-known ecosystems on the global policy map.

Getting ahead of climate change

After 10 years, REDD+ has made good progress … but not as much as we hoped. The next step is to address underlying drivers and economic incentives."

Arild Angelson
CIFOR Senior Associate

CIFOR works at the nexus of climate change, energy and low-carbon development to support countries as they ramp up to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Rights and resources for all

There has been a sea change in attitudes about gender in forestry, and CIFOR played a small part in bringing this about."

Carol Colfer
CIFOR Senior Associate

Solving complex social and environmental problems takes a collaborative approach that aims to give everyone a voice. This approach is central to CIFOR’s research on tenure and gender.  

Livelihoods from forests and trees

CIFOR's research on forests and food security has become a recognized research agenda in the development and donor communities."

Terry Sunderland
CIFOR Senior Associate

CIFOR is helping countries find ways to lower poverty while building resilience, using landscape-based research into all the ways forests provide for rural communities.

Reaching out across the globe

CIFOR's knowledge-sharing network continues to grow year on year, bringing more people into the discussion through robust science journalism, media training and world-class events.

500 million

What makes the GLF different from other more thematic initiatives is that we are creating a community of people who are interested in sustainably managing the place where we all live - the landscape."

Robert Nasi
CIFOR Director General
CIFOR in 2018

CIFOR envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all.

CIFOR by the numbers

This year, CIFOR built on its strong foundations and partnerships to further study the ways that forests can help reduce poverty, enhance food and nutrition security, and improve ecosystem health. We also continued to measure our progress toward outreach, gender and operational benchmarks.

CIFOR and its partners contribute to the following global processes, frameworks, panels and conventions:

Where we work


CIFOR is one of 15 CGIAR Research Centers and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). We work closely with the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), and in 2018 undertook research with the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT).

Partners, Board of Trustees and Finances

Thanks to the financial support of our funding partners, CIFOR works closely with diverse local and international organizations to deliver results for forests and people.


Board of Trustees


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