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CIFOR, IPB renew commitment to Indonesian forests

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Bogor Agricultural Institute (Institut Pertanian Bogor or IPB) have extended their scientific and technical cooperation for another five years. CIFOR and IPB’s partnership, which started in 1997, contributes to science and development in Indonesia. The new agreement extends the existing bilateral agreement between both institutions through November 2021.

Peter Holmgren
Director-General of CIFOR, Peter Holmgren

The ongoing collaboration between CIFOR and IPB will equip Indonesia with new knowledge on forests and science.

Existing areas of cooperation include the exchange of professors and scholars as well as conducting joint research projects. In particular, both institutions have shared knowledge and best practices related to landscapes and the link between forest management and the Sustainable Development Goals.

To recognise the renewal of this partnership, CIFOR’s Director General, Dr. Peter Holmgren, and IPB’s Rector, Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, signed a memorandum of understanding at a formal ceremony held at IPB’s Darmaga Campus in Bogor, Indonesia, on February 17, 2017.

“This is a key partnership for CIFOR, not only in Indonesia, but also globally, as our joint research with IPB helps us understand the fundamental importance of sustainable landscapes for people and the environment – and for overall sustainable development,” expressed CIFOR’s Director General Peter Holmgren. According to IPB’s Rector, Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, “there is a clear need to undertake collaborative research engaging Indonesian and international researchers on aspects related to the interface between science and policy.” Dr. Suhardiyanto expressed that “joint activities of CIFOR and IPB will provide excellent knowledge and effective policies to support recent national development priorities such as peatland restoration, social forestry, renewable energy and rural development.”

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