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Experts Recommend Accession of New Territory in Brazil to Ibero-American Model Forest Network
- CATIE currently holds the presidency and management over the network
December 17, 2018. The Ibero-American Model Forest Network (IAMFN) evaluated a proposal to add the Hileia Baiana Model Forest, located in the states of Bahia and Espiritu Santo in Brazil, which focuses on the conservation and restoration of natural forests in the Atlantic Forest where only 11% of the original forest cover remains.
The field evaluation visit was conducted from December 3-7 by Richard Verbisky of the Secretariat of the International Model Forest Network (IMFNS) and Fernando Carrera, manager of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network and researcher of the Program on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change (PBByCC) of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center).
Carrera stated that as a result of this field trip, a report was prepared with the purpose of providing criteria that will allow members of the IAMFN Board to make a decision about the membership of the Hileia Baiana Model Forest to the IAMFN.
In addition, Carrera explained the importance of adding a model forest "is a social process designed to improve governance and achieve sustainable human development in a territory where the resident population plans the management of goods and services provided by the forest or other ecosystems, in a consensual manner.”
Carrera points out that CATIE currently holds the presidency and management over the IAMFN and that this network is also a voluntary alliance between the model forests of Ibero-America, supported by government representatives from each member country, international research organizations, cooperation and private organizations.
Fernando Carrera Gambetta
Manager of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network
Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
Priscilla Brenes Angulo
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