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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) was established in 1993 as part of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) in response to global concerns about the social, environmental and economic consequences of forest loss and degradation.  CIFOR’s purpose is to advance human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries.  Under CIFOR’s new strategy for research, operationalized in October 2008, two out of six research domains are on climate change, one of which is adaptation.

Action Pledges

CIFOR's action pledge is based on their global research activities on tropical forests and climate change adaptation. CIFOR currently have two ongoing projects on climate change adaptation:

  1. The Tropical Forests and Climate Change Adaptation (TroFCCA) is a global project implemented in three regions and across eight countries (Central America: Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras), West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines).
  2. The Congo Basin Forests and Climate Change Adaptation (CoFCCA) is implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Cameroon. 

The CIFOR projects on adaptation are contributing to both sub-themes of the Nairobi work programme by undertaking the following actions:

  1. Developing adaptation strategies that emphasise the linkages between climate change, forest ecosystems and livelihood and mainstreaming this into national development policies that will support adaptation by rural and urban people, particularly the most vulnerable;
  2. Highlighting the special needs of indigenous forest people for adaptation and gender-base vulnerability;
  3. Documentation of indigenous coping strategies in forest systems.

pdf-icon Action Pledge (146 kB)

Action Pledge Update (September 2009)

The following was provided as a contribution to and is summarised in the Nairobi work programme publication "Action Pledges: Making a difference on the ground. A synthesis of outcomes, good practices, lessons learned, and future challenges and opportunities"

Assessing impacts of, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
pdf-icon CIFOR contribution to synthesis report (249 kB)





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