June 6, 2020. Every two years, the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) meets to exchange knowledge and experiences, as well as to analyze forestry issues of regional importance. In 2021, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) will have two representatives in this activity to be held from September 6 to 10.
Fernando Carrera, manager of the Latin American Model Forest Network, and Róger Villalobos, researcher at CATIE's Climate Action Unit, were appointed as the Center's representatives to the 32nd meeting of the LACFC, a forum that brings together the member countries of this commission to formulate public policies on sustainable management of forests, flora and wildlife, monitor forest resources, exchange information, combat deforestation, and analyze national and regional experiences, among others.
"It is very important for CATIE as a regional organization to be present at this event. It is a relevant political forum that brings together the heads of the Forestry Services and Administrations of the member countries of the region, and as observers, delegates from the different agencies of the United Nations, national and international Non-Governmental Organizations and civil society organizations," said Carrera.
Carrera indicated that this is not the first time that CATIE has participated in this meeting and with its participation, he hopes to learn about the activities programmed by the member countries and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on forestry issues for the coming years.
Villalobos explained that CATIE is an international institution that promotes integral and sustainable human development, particularly in Latin America, which is why it is so important to be part of the discussions of the highest forestry authorities in the region.
"This allows us to be aware of the needs of governments and their aspirations, in relation to the good management of forests, their ecosystem services and their contribution to local and national economies, so that CATIE continues to be a scientific reference for the management, conservation and restoration of forests and forest landscapes," explained Villalobos.
This activity is carried out as part of the Commission's advisory services to FAO on the forestry program in the region and establishes the lines of work for FAO's cooperation in forestry matters for the regional offices and headquarters, in support of the countries of the region. FAO's regional and global forestry program is formulated on the basis of these guidelines.
Climate Action Unit Researcher
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Daniel Cedeño Ramírez