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...

Remembering Africa’s Congo Basin on Earth Day

Original Blog Post Published in Ecology & Evolution The rainforests of the Congo Basin are one of the most important centers of biological diversity on the planet and ground zero for climate change. Traditional conservation approaches based solely on identifying...

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest

The future of our planet is Africa — in terms of people, biodiversity, habitats that are crucial for genetic diversity in the face of climate change, and some of the richest tropical forest carbon stocks on Earth. But climate change and exploitation of natural...

RBG Kew and IRD Visit Bouamir Field Station

CBI was happy to host a team of botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, at the CBI/MINFOF Bouamir research station in December 2018. In collaboration with the National Herbarium of Cameroon, IRAD, they are working on a project to determine which areas in...

Project announced to make trade a force for good

Photo Credit: Sebastian Pichler CBI is a partner on a multi-million pound project led by UNEP-WCMC announced today, aiming to make trade a positive force for both marginalised people and nature conservation. The trade of wild species and crops has incredible potential...

Congo Basin Institute and Ebony Project in Foreign Service Journal

From Guitars to Gold: The Fruits of Economic Diplomacy In this Foreign Service Journal article, the founder of Taylor Guitars describes the partnership between Taylor Guitars and the Congo Basin Institute “to grow ebony seedlings, and develop a mechanism to make...

Quantitative Ecology Workshop – Yaounde, Cameroon

Quantitative Ecology Workshop Jan 28-Feb 4, 2019 Biodiversity Initiative is hosting a quantitative ecology workshop For Cameroonians and Equatoguineans.  Applications are due December 15th. Please see below and here on BI’s website for more information.  ...