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

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...

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.

Ebony Project Featured in Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Companies that use hardwoods grown in Cameroon are teaming up with the government and communities to replant depleted forests YAOUNDE, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Companies that use wood grown in Cameroon – from makers of guitars to electricity...
Ebony Project Featured in National Geographic

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....

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. CHRIS SORENSON, TAYLOR GUITARS  ...

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...