CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Climate change

Climate change

Working at the nexus of climate change, energy and low-carbon development to support countries raising their ambition to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Global heating is already leading to more and more destructive weather events and changes in weather and rainfall patterns that make planning for agriculture, forestry and resource management a serious challenge.

CIFOR-ICRAF and CIFOR Germany gGmbH aim to help mitigate climate change by helping to keep trees in the ground and to increase tree cover. Through our work on agroforestry, REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), bioenergy, wetlands and blue carbon, we support the development and implementation of effective and equitable climate change policies and measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Forests and trees are important safety nets for communities: many forest products are more resilient to climate variability and extremes than crops, and mangroves help reduce risks from cyclones and sea-level rise. Critically, trees on farms reduce local temperatures, modulate water flow and continue to yield products during times of scarcity. Our approach to climate change adaptation focuses on nature-based solutions, as well as risk management to support decision making that increases the resilience of land and development investments.

We are also researching ways to promote win-win outcomes for climate-smart agriculture and forests, to strengthen both our food systems and forest landscapes in the face of climate change. Through techniques like mulching, intercropping, agroforestry and better water management, along with better weather forecasting, climate-smart agriculture aims to increase food security and farm incomes, lower agricultural emissions and build resilience to climate stress and shocks.

Finally, we have started working on bioeconomy solutions. Leveraging multi-sector collaboration for creating bioeconomy solutions represents an ‘overlooked’ pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve biodiversity, and create equitable jobs and prosperity at global scale. Our Transformative Partnership Platform brings together key stakeholders from public and private sectors and civil society to achieve such transformational change (https://www.cifor.org/cbe).

Contact us

Christopher Martius

Team Leader for Climate Change, Energy and Low-Carbon Development (CCE)

Pham Thu Thuy

CIFOR Senior Associate

Anne Larson

Team Leader, Governance, equity and well-being

Houria Djoudi

Senior Scientist

Bruno Locatelli

Seconded Scientist

Denis Sonwa

Senior Scientist

Climate change: Fast facts

Trees absorb nearly 1/3 of all global annual CO2 released from burning fossil fuels. But they can also release carbon – up to 23% of all annual emissions come from deforestation and land use change


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