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CATIE strengthens the capacities of professionals in diversified forest management in Guatemala

  • Institution conducts course for decision making in relation to policies on forest management in protected areas

Guatemala, July 5, 2019. From July 1 to the 5, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), at the request of the National Council of Protected Areas of Guatemala (CONAP, its Spanish acronym), developed the course Diversified Management of Natural Forests in Petén Guatemala.

According to Róger Villalobos, trainer and researcher of CATIE's Biodiversity and Climate Change Program, the objective of this course was to contribute to the professionalization of forest area management, offering methodological tools and innovative approaches to improve and strengthen the processes of planning, management and monitoring of these ecosystems.

He also indicated that this course will broaden knowledge on the sustainable management of tropical natural forests, encompassing the diversity of goods and services they provide; and learn and share experiences on ecological, social and operational concepts that influence decision making for the sustainable management of natural forests.

"During the course we were able to share and analyze information about management criteria and tools and the lessons learned from the Community Forestry process in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, in Petén, where we visited the Carmelita Forest Concession and discussed its ecological, social, and economic performance," said Villalobos. 

The course also discussed the challenges for the consolidation and permanent improvement of the system of forest concessions in this area. "CATIE has had the satisfaction of accompanying this process over the years and has proven to be a successful and exemplary conservation strategy," he said.

Twenty-five officials from various Guatemalan institutions, mainly from CONAP, participated in this training, improving their decision-making capacities in relation to policies on forest management in protected areas.

The course was supported by organizations such as the Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP, its Spanish acronym), the Rainforest Alliance and the Luxembourg Investment Fund.

 

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Fernando Carrera
Researcher of the Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
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