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Building capacities in forest landscape restoration in Latin America
- International course is organized by IUFRO and CATIE, with the support of WRI, ALECIF, IFSA and the IUFRO Task Force on Forest Education
June 15 2021. Thirty young scientists and professionals with interest and involvement in forest landscape restoration from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru started on Monday, May 31, the virtual course called Forest Landscape Restoration, which will run until Friday, June 25, through three weekly sessions, taught virtually.
"The degradation and disappearance of forests is an endemic problem in our Latin American countries, which leads to landscapes dominated by unsustainable agricultural and livestock systems," said Róger Villalobos, researcher at CATIE's Climate Action Unit, and coordinator of the course, referring to the need for this type of training in the region.
Villalobos explained that most countries in the Americas, as well as in many other regions of the world, are making commitments to restore huge areas of territory, representing millions of hectares. "Therefore, permanent strengthening of technical capacities is required to meet these commitments in each of the countries," said the CATIE researcher.
Michael Kleine, Deputy Executive Director of IUFRO said that for his organization it is fundamental to promote the development of science-based solutions to forest-related challenges for the benefit of the forests and people worldwide.
"Given that deforestation and land degradation are dominant sources of CO2 emissions in the Latin American region, besides causing loss of biodiversity and human well-being, it is essential to accelerate the transition to a more ecologically sound and socially beneficial land use through restoring degraded landscapes and enhancing non-degrading agriculture and forest management practices," added Kleine, referring to the reasons why IUFRO supports the development of training workshops such as this one.
At CATIE, the course is supported by Marianela Argüello, Communication and Knowledge Management Officer of the Environment for Development Unit (EfD-CA) and coordinator of the Latin American and the Caribbean Forest and Environmental Communicators Network (Recofalc, by its Spanish acronym), who in 2019 and together with Villalobos, translated into Spanish the IUFRO document Implementing Forest Landscape Restoration. A Practitioner's Guide, which is the basis of the main knowledge being shared during the course sessions.
Other professors who will oversee the sessions are René Zamora, from the World Resources Institute (WRI), Luis Diego Delgado, from the Forests and Biodiversity in Productive Landscapes Unit, and Fernando Carrera, from CATIE's Climate Action Unit.
The course is an initiative of IUFRO-SPDC (Special Programme for Development of Capacities), implemented by CATIE, and with the collaboration of WRI, the Latin- American Forestry Students Association (ALECIF, its Spanish acronym), the International Forestry Students’Association (IFSA) and the IUFRO Task Force on Forest Education.
Climate Action Unit
Marianela Argüello L.
Communication and Knowledge Management Officer
Environment for Development Unit