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CATIE joins the Alliance for Responsible Forest Management
- It Will be the main technical partner for Latin America
September 17, 2021. ClimateForestryLimited, Tropical ForestFoundation and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) signed a technical agreement to launch the Alliance for Responsible Forest Management (ARFM).
ARFM is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation whose objective is to accelerate the implementation of responsible forest management worldwide and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from this sector in particular.
CATIE has joined this cause as the main technical partner in Latin America and will join the Executive Board and the Technical Training Council of ARFM to support and ensure that the operations and programs to be developed are implemented with transparency and ethical behavior.
Based on more than 30 years of expert research and applied knowledge, ARFM will create manuals for the improvement of forestry practices in different regions, through face-to-face (and or virtual) and hands-on training in regional centers located in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
Among the forestry practices that ARFM seeks to improve are commercial tropical forestry applications in natural forests, planted forests, conservation and rehabilitation of degraded forests, as well as adopting a business model that involves members and collaborators.
In this regard, CATIE will support the implementation of policies for the strengthening of organizations and extension services related to the development of regional training modules; establish and facilitate training centers in Latin America for forest managers and practitioners, certification bodies, auditors, government agencies and private sector forestry organizations.
The manuals for improving forestry practices will include quantifiable research metrics for statistical analysis and gap identification to support revisions and updates to add changes in policies, regulatory framework, technologies and practices. All manuals will be translated into the languages of each region to be worked on, such as Bahasa Indonesian, BahasaMelayu, English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.
This program is expected to contribute significantly to the removal of current barriers to the practice of responsible forest management worldwide.
Dr. Michael Galante
Source: CFL press release