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Professionals from eight countries broadened their knowledge on sustainable management of natural forests

  • Course given by CATIE has trained more than half a thousand professionals from different countries in Latin America and the world

In order to broaden knowledge about the sustainable management of tropical natural forests, encompassing the diversity of goods and services they provide, 24 professions (19 men and 5 women) from eight countries gathered on the campus of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Turrialba, Costa Rica to participate in the International Course on Forest Management: Governance and Legality in Forest Management and Restoration in the Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, which runs from August 12 to the 30.

Fernando Carrera, coordinator of the course and researcher for CATIE's Program on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change, said this course has been offered at the institution for more than 30 years to ensure good management of forest resources, have adequate governance and promote value chains of products from forests.

"Natural tropical forests represent the world's most complex ecosystems; in addition to having invaluable biodiversity, they also offer economic opportunities for people living within or outside them," Carrera said. In addition, he added that its management seeks to reconcile the rational use of the forest resource with its permanent conservation, restoration and consequent reduction of emissions from deforestation and degradation. In this way, the forest generates products of economic value and at the same time continues to offer a range of environmental services of crucial importance to communities, countries and the world.

According to Carrera, at the end of this course, participants, in addition to applying and putting into practice all this new knowledge in their countries, will know the types of governance, their impact on decision-making and the effects at different scales (local, national and regional) to contribute to the design of solutions and the application of policy instruments, both administrative (systems for ensuring legality) and market (forest certification, purchasing policies and pacts for the consumption of legal wood).

"The experience of the course has been very successful and I have expanded my knowledge on the subject of forest management to see the experience that Costa Rica has here on forest and community management, also has allowed us to have a different view of the system and especially pointing to two of the edges that are generally very weak in almost all countries as governance and the issue of legality," said participant Wagner Silva of the Institute for Development Cooperation in Peru.

The course included three modules with different topics, which were covered by 15 outstanding professors and lecturers. In addition, two field trips were made, one to Talamanca and the other to Guanacaste, where topics such as the management of timber and non-timber forest products and governance for territorial management and restoration of forest landscapes were covered.

In addition, this training was made possible thanks to the support of the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme funded by the European Union, the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and FAO.

 

More information:

Fernando Carrera
Coordinador
International Course on Forest Management: Governance and Legality in Forest Management and Restoration in the Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean
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Priscilla Brenes 
Communications Assistant
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