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A virtual learning platform is born in Brazil to reinforce the monitoring of forest products

  • The space provided gathers information for tracking the entire wood production chain in the country of the National System for the Control of the Origin of Forest Products (Sinaflor).

Thursday February 14 2019. Businessmen, technicians and staff of governmental environmental organizations are part of the group of people who from now on will be able to learn and be trained on the use of Sinaflor, through a new online platform called EaD, which is provided by the Brazilian Environment andNatural Resources Institute (IBAMA)

This virtual platform will provide learning spaces called classrooms, which will have training materials such as .pdf documents or videos, as well as an online library, which will include manuals and documents related to Sinaflor. All this is possible, thanks to the support of the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), under the coordination of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Mario Chacón, researcher at CATIE's Program on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change and coordinator of the project, shared that this platform is essential to improve the management of hundreds of forest species through monitoring, along with the transfer and adoption of technologies that will improve the use of these resources. "We hope that Brazil will continue in the search for sustainability in the management of its forests and continue to be a model for other countries in the region," added Chacón.

For his part, André Sócrates, general coordinator of Monitoring the Use of Biodiversity and Foreign Trade, said that "Sinaflor gathers information that allows the tracking of an entire timber production chain in the country, strengthening the fight against deforestation and promoting sustainable trade in forest products.”

The platform was launched at an event on February 14, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. During the event, it was described that Sinaflor integrates the control of the origin of wood, charcoal and other forest products and by-products, coordinated, supervised and regulated by Ibama. It was also mentioned that the courses and the use of the platform will be completely free for users. At the end of each learning process, they will receive from Ibama a certificate of participation on the use of Sinaflor.

The project currently being implemented by CATIE is also supporting Suriname in the development of a system similar to Sinaflor, for which it is working jointly with Ibama to provide advice to that country.

The platform can be located at the following link: https://ead.ibama.gov.br/.

 

More information:

Mario Chacón
Coordinator
Technology transfer mechanisms and networks project
related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
CATIE
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Written by:

Marianela Argüello L.
Technical Assistant
Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
CATIE
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