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Science for forests and people

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.

Focused on major global issues

Our research spans governance, poverty and environmental issues.

  • How do we manage forests in ways that enable us to mitigate and adapt to climate change?
  • How can the people who depend on smallholder and community forestry improve their livelihoods?
  • How do we manage the trade-offs between conservation and development?
  • How do we manage the impacts of globalised trade and investment?
  • How can tropical production forests be managed sustainably?

CIFOR’s general brochure is available here in English, Indonesian, French, Spanish.


Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
CIFOR advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).