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About Center for International Forestry Research





Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is one of the world’s top international tropical environmental research and global knowledge institutions.  CIFOR's mission is to contribute to the sustained well-being of people in developing countries, particularly in the tropics.  Research is a major part of CIFOR’s program, as well as promoting the transfer and adoption of appropriate new technologies and social systems for national development.

Research Available
CIFOR's three research programmes address the needs of the rural poor as well as environmental concerns:
  • Environmental services and sustainable use of forests oversees research on biodiversity, carbon, fires, watershed functions, and the sustainable management and harvesting of forest products.
  • Forest governance examines the process of making and implementing decisions about the management of forests by people and organizations beyond the scale of the individual household or small enterprise.
  • Forests and livelihoods closely investigates how forest resources and their management, use and trade contribute to the livelihoods of the rural and urban poor.

Through collaborative research with its partners in over 40 countries, CIFOR has contributed significantly in:

  • Shaping the global forest agenda
  • Influencing international policy dialogues, institutions and processes
  • Informing the broader international forestry community
  • Collaborating in research with governments, NGOs and universities
  • Building research capacity in developing countries
  • Encouraging forest policy reform
  • Protecting existing forests and improving poor peoples' livelihoods
  • Developing criteria and indicators for sustainable management of forests

Priority Eco-regions Studied

  • Tropical moist forests in Southeast Asia such as those in Borneo
  • Tropical moist forests in central-west Africa and the Congo Basin
  • Tropical moist forests of the western Amazon
  • Drier forests such as the Miombo woodlands of eastern-southern Africa
  • Rainforest-dry forest continuum in southern India such as the Western Ghats
  • Uplands of mainland Southeast Asia
  • Mixed forest systems of Central America

CIFOR employs over 150 staff at its headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia and at its regional offices in Brazil, Cameroon and Zimbabwe.  It works in over 30 countries worldwide and has links with more than 300 researchers in 50 international, regional and national organizations.  Governed by an international board of trustees with 15 members from 12 countries, CIFOR receives contributions from over 50 governments and funding agencies.

For further information, please visit the CIFOR website.