Author: Meine van Noordwijk

Meine van Noordwijk

Meine van Noordwijk

Meine van Noordwijk is the Centre’s chief science advisor, based in Bogor, Indonesia. Originally from The Netherlands, he joined the organization in 1993. Dr van Noordwijk guides the global integration of the Centre’s science and co-leads our global research program on environmental services. He also participates in a number of bilateral projects and is professor of agroforestry at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Some trees are not normally associated with forest

A world with trees but without the word forest – a thought experiment

The recent paper “China’s fight to halt tree cover loss” carefully avoided the word ‘forest’ in its title. It challenged the various definitions of forest that may cause more confusion than necessary, and preferred the more objectively observable...

Nations accepting common but differentiated responsibility? Photo: newsroom.unfccc.int

Common but differentiated responsibilities resolved but is it applied consistently?

  Meine van Noordwijk, ICRAF’s chief science advisor, writes in the Collective Action and Property Rights blog of the history of bearing and sharing responsibility for the environment in international negotiations.   ‘The real tragedy of the commons...

Lake Singkarak, Sumatra, Indonesia and some hydrological interactions. Source: Meine van Noordwijk

PUB or coffee shop: how to inform landscape watershed management?

Pubs and coffee shops are multi-layered watersheds of information flows. Is one more effective than the other for climate negotiations?   At a recent ‘shared learning’ event at the Bogor, Indonesia campus of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),...

Burning peat forest, Sumatra. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Dehazing Indonesia’s effort to support sustainable timber production and self-sufficiency in food, energy and water

  On 21 and 22 October 2015, more than 600 forest scientists and practitioners from 12 countries met at the Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia for the Third International Conference of Indonesia’s Forestry Research (INAFOR). The minister and senior...

Smoke from peat fires burning on thousands of hectares blankets entire regions. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

Stopping haze when it rains: lessons learned from 20 years of Alternatives-to-Slash-and-Burn research in Indonesia

More than 20 years of research and action have brought new insights but the issues are still on the agenda: every time episodes with haze and land-clearing fires draw the attention of policy makers, once the rains come,...