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CATIE positioned itself at the XXV IUFRO World Congress thanks to the participation of its researchers

  • Six researchers discussed aspects related to forestry research with more than 2000 researchers, professors, students and forestry professionals from all over the world.

November 1, 2019. For the first time, Latin America hosted the XXV World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and six researchers from the Programme on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) participated in it, sharing their experiences and knowledge on forest research and communication and positioning the institution in this global space.

The congress was held in Curitiba, Brazil and was organized and coordinated by the Brazilian Forest Service (SFB) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa).

CATIE researchers agreed that the congress was an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences, knowledge and technological innovations, as well as to update on the most recent research results and trends for the future of forestry and agro-forestry research worldwide.

The six researchers of the Center present at the congress were: Fernando Carrera, Jean Pierre Morales, Marie Ange Ngo Bieng, Róger Villalobos, Marianela Argüello L. and Mario Chacón. During the event, through its participation, CATIE was able to disseminate research and make visible issues of great importance for the future of the global forest sector. 

Carrera participated in nine working sessions, two as lead author and seven as co-author. As a keynote speaker, he addressed issues such as the contribution of forest concessions in Guatemala to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and lessons learned from Latin American Model Forests. As co-author, he also contributed to issues related to forest concessions, model forests, technological innovations for the traceability of forest products in Latin America, and technological innovations for monitoring the impact of forest management on silvicultural dynamics and carbon flows in Latin America.

For his part, Ngo Bieng organized the session Will active restoration of Secondary and Degraded Forests (SDFs) help to address sustainably the gap between wood demand and supply? This session, proposed by the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) and CATIE, through its Program on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change and the Secondary Forests project, consisted of an evaluation of the production potential of wood through implementation of active restoration, towards wood production in secondary and degraded tropical forests.

The session involved 15 presentations (10 oral and five posters) from different tropical countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico. In addition, it was chosen as IUFRO Spotlight under one of the three congress themes: Forests and Forest Products for a Greener Future.

In this same session, Morales, as speaker, presented a study on the bankability of secondary and primary forest projects in three Central American countries.

The participation of Villalobos and Argüello consisted of a pre-congress course, at the request of IUFRO, entitled The Practice of Forest Landscape Restoration, which was attended by 21 participants from 11 countries.  Subsequently, Villalobos participated in the panel of experts Research on forests, trees and agro-forestry: What's next? Which priorities for the future?,organized by the CGIAR Forests, trees and agro-forestry program.

In addition, Villalobos exposed the investigations: Standard for planning and executing restoration processes with a forestry landscape approach y Evaluation of two tropical wet forest restoration practices through assisted secondary succession in Costa Rica and co-authored six other papers on governance, restoration and forest management.

Argüello also participated as a speaker in the side event called Working together: What can the Regional Forest Communicators Networks do for you?, being the leader of the Network of Forest and Environmental Communicators of Latin America and the Caribbean (Recofalc). The topic she discussed was Communicating on Forests in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event was organized by Recofalc, the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Embrapa and IUFRO. It not only sought to share successful experiences on forest communication, but also addressed the importance of strengthening the relationship between communicators and researchers.

At the congress, the communication network also had a poster called Raising Your Voice for the Forests, which focused on the work being done in the region. 

Finally, Chacón presented on technological innovations for monitoring the impacts of forest management on silvo-cultural dynamics and carbon flows in Latin America, within the framework of the Regional Forest Observations for Sustainable Forest Management session.

In addition, through the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer for climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, support was provided for the organization of the session Forests without borders: multi-national forest inventory cooperation and harmonization to enhance sustainable development.

Following the congress, IUFRO member organizations commit themselves to continue to produce better scientific knowledge to effectively address global issues at multiple scales (local, regional and global) to provide a solid basis for the sustainable management of forest systems.

IUFRO world congresses are held every five years and CATIE is the main partner of this organization in Latin America.  

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More information:

Bryan Finegan
Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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