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A Battle to Protect Forests Unfolds in Central Africa

Indigenous people, environmentalists and industries vie for control over lands that can offer economic benefits or climate protection — but not always both. Fascinating article directly related to the work we’re doing at the CBI. Jack Losh is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker with a focus on conflict, culture and humanitarian issues. Please visit his […]

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The promise of Humboldt’s extraordinary scholarship

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth offers an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come toward documenting the biodiversity of the planet. Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland’s exploration of the Amazon and Central America in 1799-1804 was an extraordinary achievement.  They traversed near impenetrable rainforests and clawed their way up two of […]

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Cameroon and Taylor Guitars team up to replant ebony trees

Cameroon is losing forest at a dramatic pace – with ebony trees fast disappearing. Now a Cameroon sawmill has partnered with US instrument maker Taylor Guitars, which favors the high-quality wood, to replant ebony trees. View original

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Congo Basin Institute receives $1 million from Pritzker Family Foundation

Melissa Abraham | August 15, 2019 UCLA has received a $1 million donation from the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute. The funds will advance the institute’s core mission of finding sustainable solutions to food and water insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health concerns and emerging diseases. “The Anthony & […]

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Field Research Video on Endemic Orchid

Watch a video on Dschang University Master’s student, Lydie Messado’s field research at CBI on the study of volatile substances and their role in pollinators specialization of a rare and (sub-) endemic orchid (Cyrtorchis letouzeyi) in Cameroon.

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Ebony Project Featured in Thomson Reuters Foundation News

YAOUNDE, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Companies that use wood grown in Cameroon – from makers of guitars to electricity poles – are helping revitalise endangered tree species to better sustain their businesses and bolster the fight against climate change. The firms have teamed up with the government and villagers in public-private partnerships to […]

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Ebony Project Featured in National Geographic

Congo Basin Institute and Tom Smith in National Geographic: Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker The guitar industry has a spotty track record for sustainable wood sourcing. But one manufacturer is trying to help stave off deforestation. Bob Taylor met Tom Smith, director of UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute, who had worked in […]

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Ebony Project Featured in Forbes Magazine

Sustainable Guitars – Giving Back To The Trees And Communities That Helped Create Music The Ebony Project in Cameroon, West Africa, is a partnership between the Congo Basin Institute, local communities and Taylor Guitars. Just over two years ago, Scott Paul landed his dream job. Former director of Greenpeace’s forest campaign in the U.S., he was head-hunted by […]

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Tom Smith on CBS This Morning News: UN Biodiversity report

CBI’s Co-Director, Tom Smith, spoke with CBS about a new United Nations report that says nature is essential for our existence and a good quality of life, but point to a stark warning: humans are transforming the planet’s natural habitat at an unprecedented rate. View the video as Jonathan Vigliotti reports.  

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Ebony Project Featured on EuroNews

View video clip below of the EuroNews, featuring Ebony Project sponsor, Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars.