Research Unit

Due to its expatriate staff and the many practical missions, the unit is present in all major tropical forest ecosystems on the planet.  The scientific program is always built with local partners to reconcile the divergent interests of many actors of the forest.

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  • Scientific project of the unit

    © Cirad, D. Louppe
    The scientific unit aims at studying the ecology of tropical forests, but also to define, implement and evaluate governmental policies, instruments, rules and practices associated with these ecosystems. The overall objective is to facilitate the adaptation of environmental and social systems at the constraints and opportunities resulting from global changes, as well as to consolidate the sustainability of services provided by tropical forest ecosystems for the benefit of societies, at local and global scales.
  • The skills and expertise of the unit

    A tree nursery © Cirad, C. Doumenge
    The unit researchers are able to realize expertises in short or long term in the domains of forest resource assessment and in the impact of human activities, including through public policies on these.
  • Unit in the world

    The charcoal-burner  © Cirad, D. Louppe
    The unit will consolidate its Africa presence, which is his main intervention area. But she keeps permanent members in the Amazon forest area and in Southeast Asia, even if they are secondary fields.
  • Main parteners

    Kichwas women (Quechua)  with a researcher woman from The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) © Cirad, P. Sist
    The scientific program is always built with partners. This constituent action puts the reasearch unit staff in the centre of issues of partner countries.
  • Priority research plan with partners

    A family in Angavo - Madagascar © B. Locatelli
    With its experience of implementation in fifty countries, CIRAD has defined a geographical strategy that relies on the implementation of structural research plan. The unit manages two of them and is involved in several other plans.
  • Equipe

    Une quarantaine d'agents permanents, des étudiants et des personnes accueillies composent l'unité Forêts et Sociétés avec une présence permanente dans les pays : Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Congo (Brazzaville), Costa Rica, Pérou, France, Italie, Suisse

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