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INAB and CATIE analyze the importance of forestry incentives in farm diversification
- Both institutions consider that these instruments give added value to integral rural development
August 5, 2020. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Guatemalan National Forestry Institute (INAB, its Spanish acronym) held two virtual conferences on July 31st focusing on the potential of forestry incentives for diversification of farm production.
With a participation of 100 people, these conferences presented and allowed to address the potential of silvi-cultural and silvo-pastoral systems, as an opportunity to promote diversification in agricultural farms, through forestry incentives.
Hugo Flores, head of plantation forestry and agro-forestry systems at INAB, gave the conference entitled Agro-forestry systems to increase forest cover and its contribution to people's livelihoods through forestry incentives.
Flores indicated that for INAB it is important to publicize the actions carried out for the sustainable development of forests in the country, to socialize the forest incentive programs, their modalities and positive impacts and, in this case especially, the modality of agro-forestry systems and the modifications that the PROBOSQUE regulation has had in order to increase the number of projects encouraged under this modality, incorporating commercially valuable timber species to increase forest cover, reduce pressure on threatened timber species due to their high commercial value in the natural forest, boost the rural economy and support community development; as well as the generation of ecological benefits through the implementation of agro-forestry systems.
On behalf of CATIE, Guillermo Detlefsen, a specialist in forestry and agro-forestry management, shared with participants the topic Production of timber trees on boundaries: opportunity for incentives on agricultural farms.
For Detlefsen, these conferences have been an opportunity to share criteria on timber production in agro-forestry systems in general. In addition, he pointed out that in the future they could be the key to designing joint training activities at all levels (both for technicians and producers), preparing technical guides and developing project proposals that will allow for leveraging resources and scaling up to a higher level with initiatives of this nature within the Guatemalan agricultural landscape.
Within the framework of this initiative, Bruno Arias, manager of INAB, referred to the cooperative relationship that INAB and CATIE have maintained for many years and emphasized that the conferences made it possible to disseminate updated and strategic information and inputs, which are contributing to INAB's work for the benefit of the national forestry sector.
Finally, Julio López, CATIE's representative in Guatemala, commented that the opportunity to continue collaborating with INAB will allow for complementing efforts and capacities, taking advantage of the scope and results derived from the incentive programs at the national level. He also stressed that this is an opportunity to support the objectives and strategic lines of the Forestry Policy, through the promotion of agro-forestry systems (mainly silvo-agriculture and silvo-pastoral) in lands with a forestry vocation.
Specialist in Forest Management and Agro-Forestry Systems
Head of Plantation Forestry and PAS
Julio López Payés
Representative of CATIE in Guatemala