8 April 2019. Looking to energize the forestry sector in Guatemala as a productive sector that contributes more to the economy of the country's rural areas, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through the Secondary Forests project, and the National Forest Institute (INAB, its Spanish acronym) started the construction of a work agenda to contribute to the development of this sector.
In order to start the process, on April 5 both institutions met and validated recent studies within the framework of Guatemala's public forestry policy, carried out in the context of the Secondary Forests project, in order to generate a process of analysis and promote changes in the dynamics of forest management in Guatemala.
The studies cover issues of enabling conditions and barriers to forest management of secondary forests, as well as transaction costs for forest management of secondary forests. The studies were carried out to collect users' perceptions of public forest policies.
The meeting also reviewed INAB's priority issues related to forest management in order to understand how the institution can take inputs from the studies and incorporate them into the work agenda.
The meeting was attended by Jean Pierre Morales, leader of the Secondary Forests project; Julio López, CATIE representative in Guatemala; Rony Granados, manager of INAB; Bruno Arias, assistant manager of INAB; and directors of units and technical directorates of this institute.
Morales explained that defining a political agenda for the forestry sector is important to promote the dynamization of this productive sector, especially in rural areas of the country. It also considers that this will promote low emission development and the protection of forests through their commercial valorization.
Finally, Morales noted that the agenda will allow identifying the current problems of the sector, in order to promote solutions that improve its general state.
For Granados, the cooperation and coordination of INAB's forestry activities with CATIE is relevant for strengthening the framework for the development of the country's forestry public policies, since it integrates institutional interests and approaches so that CATIE's technical assistance processes achieve the best results, in accordance with the planning and priority issues identified by the institute.
The Secondary Forests project is implemented by CATIE, with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Jean Pierre Morales
Secondary Forests Project
Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
Karla Salazar Leiva
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