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Jamaican government officials strengthened their knowledge in sustainable forest management

  • The course was given by CATIE virtually to officials of the Forestry Department of that country.

June 11, 2021. After receiving two weeks of training, 30 officials from Jamaica's Forestry Department strengthened their skills in sustainable forest management, which will enable the country to have better prepared technicians to work in the conservation, production and restoration of forest resources.

The training was carried out from May 31 to June 11, through the virtual course Principles of Tropical Forestry, organized by experts from the Climate Action Unit of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center).

As stated by Mauricio Sánchez, professor in charge of the course, the training was aimed at strengthening the capacities of government officials to provide support and qualified technical assistance to facilitate and promote productive forestry activities and the protection of forest resources on the island.

"The technical bases and the main methods of sustainable forest management were presented, which allow their conservation, restoration and production of goods and services for the benefit of the people who manage them and society in general.  The course was online, given the current conditions, but it encouraged the active participation of the participants and the exchange of experiences through discussions and group work," said Sánchez.

Sánchez stated that these types of courses are of great importance, since Latin America has some of the highest deforestation rates in the world, so that every day highly biodiverse and irreplaceable ecosystems are lost, to be replaced by agricultural activities, often unsustainable. "It is urgent that society understands that forests are important ecosystems for our well-being and that they can be properly managed and contribute to the economy; for this it is essential to create technical capacities," he explained.

For their part, the participants indicated that the course enabled them to learn, understand and apply the principles of forestry necessary for sustainable forest management.

Okieve Kerr, one of the course participants, commented that the knowledge acquired will help him to strengthen his applied forestry research and, especially, the research he is conducting on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

"The main benefit I received is that I will now be able to apply the lessons learned in the field, since I have to provide technical advice to people participating in one of our tree planting programs, the Private Forestry Program," said Shawnette Russell-Clennon, who also participated in the course.

Finally, Róger Villalobos, coordinator of the course and researcher at CATIE's Climate Action Unit, commented that he hopes to continue strengthening the good relationship between the Center and the Forestry Department of Jamaica, as well as with other Jamaican institutions, in order to continue the process of strengthening capacities and technical knowledge for the good management of natural resources and for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

 

 

The course was aimed at men and women working in the areas of forestry,
forest management, forest auditing and applied forestry research throughout the island.

 

 

More information:

Róger Villalobos
Researcher
Climate Action Unit
CATIE
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Daniel Cedeño Ramírez
Communication Assistant
Information Technology and Communication
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