Forests 2011 Tropical forests at CIRAD
CIRAD has been working on tropical forests for more than 50 years. This experience, centring on an original approach that places people and sustainable development centre-stage, makes it the leading European tropical forest research centre.
Far from the illusion of a virgin forest to be protected at all costs, CIRAD’s tropical forest research provides further confirmation every day of the vital social, economic and ecological functions of such ecosystems. The daily lives of almost a billion people depend on them.
The research conducted at CIRAD on tropical forests is both varied and complementary, in terms of both the topics and disciplines concerned, and its geographical presence and types of operations. Its researchers work will smallholders, the private sector and the authorities, and even international governance bodies. This global approach legitimizes their involvement in the main debates on the world stage.
Forests also concern many players, with often contradictory interests and views. CIRAD’s research aims to reconcile human development and ecosystem conservation. It therefore often acts as a mediator between different operators. Its scientific programmes are always established in conjunction with its partners. This basic principle places CIRAD at the heart of the issues facing its partner countries.
• CIRAD researchers publish in reference journals such as Conservation Biology, Global Change Biology, Forest Ecology and Management, Annals of Forest Science, Tree Physiology and Fuel .
• Its researchers regularly head sessions at major world conferences such as that of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in Seoul in 2010, the 8th World Forest Congress in Buenos Aires in 2009, and the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry in Nairobi the same year.
• CIRAD is a precursor in the field of low-impact logging.
• It has unique experience of tropical wood characterization and improvement of wood processing, conditioning, marketing and use.
• CIRAD is a member of global expert groups on major planted species such as eucalyptus and teak, in terms of both silviculture and genetic improvement.
• It regularly publishes policy briefs aimed at fuelling international debates.
• CIRAD is conducting a foresight study of the forests of Central Africa by 2040 and coordinating the establishment of the Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa.
• Its researchers regularly publish reference works.
• Since 1947, CIRAD has been publishing Bois et forêt des tropiques , a scientific and technical journal referenced in the Web of Knowledge .