Policy, science and researchProforest has a unique combination of practical experience and up-to-date scientific expertise, enabling us to bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice.
Natural resource management is a long-term business. Although the majority of our work is very practical and achieves immediate, tangible results, we recognise the need to stay up-to-date with long-term scientific research, and use this to inform our day-to-day work.
We work closely with universities and research institutions, which ensures we remain abreast of new findings and allows us to contribute ideas for further research. We also undertake applied research ourselves in areas such as the effectiveness of certification schemes and policy delivery mechanisms.
Our practical experience and technical expertise position us to make a unique contribution to the development of international policies and agreements related to natural resource management. We are involved in a range of processes, including initiatives to tackle illegal logging (FLEGT) and emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and others that aim to stimulate the use of biofuels (RTFO) and the conservation of critical natural habitats (HCV). We also participate in several committees and advisory groups, and Proforest is a founding member of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests.