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Secondary Forests Project strengthens Honduran forestry legal framework 

  • This project is implemented by CATIE, with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

December 13, 2019. Two technical standards of forest management, as well as the development of instructions and guidelines that will support the management of the National Institute of Forest Conservation and Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife (ICF, its Spanish acronym) of Honduras, were discussed, from 9 to 12 December, by approximately 20 officials of the institute, in the city of Tela, Honduras. This is thanks to the support provided by the Secondary Forests project of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center). 

"The objective is to review the advances in technical regulations for the use of dispersed trees, as well as regulations for the management of broadleaf forests, which have been a necessity for some time to strengthen the governance of the Honduran forestry sector," said Vladimir Valera, a researcher with CATIE's Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program, to which the Secondary Forests project belongs. 

In addition, among other issues, the guidelines and guidelines for verifying compliance with the protection program of approved operating plans, extensions to various types of use and the periods of validity of authorizations were analyzed. 

This activity was part of one of the objectives of the Secondary Forests project, related to generating enabling conditions for efficient and competitive forest management. 

On this occasion, Valera made a presentation of the objectives and goals of the project and later, Juan José Serrano, researcher of the Secondary Forests project, explained the results of the demonstration plot implemented in coordination with the Zamorano University in Valle del Yeguare, Francisco Morazán.both presentations allowed a greater positioning of CATIE with the governing body of the Honduran forestry sector, ICF. 

By 2020, the Secondary Forests project aims to continue supporting and collaborating with ICF to ensure that the management and conservation of these forest ecosystems contributes to the sustainable development of Honduras.


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Vladimir Valera
Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
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