The Latin American Chair of Forest Policy and Economics (CLAPEF) coordinates and supports projects, among them has been responsible of the final stage of the Finnfor II project, which gave support in the forestry sector since 2009 and ended during the first semester of 2016.
At the same time in this 2016 the CLAPEF assumed the research project named Green Transformation in the Global South (GreeTS): opening the blackbox of a pro-active State and the management of sustainability trade-offs in Costa Rica and Vietnam.
The project Green Transformation in the Global South (GreeTS): opening the blackbox of a pro-active State and the management of sustainable trade-offs in Costa Rica and Vietnam is implemented by four universities and research centers in different countries. These four institutions are CATIE, through the CLAPEF, of the Production and Conservation in Forests Programme, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of London, in England, the University of Münster, in Germany and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), in Vietnam.
The general objetive of the project is to analyze the conditions, forms and implications of changes in the policies, that allow to guide the transformations towards the sustainability of the energy and land use sectors in two countries with green development strategies, like Vietnam and Costa Rica.
In close collaboration with the other partners, from CATIE we will be working in the land use sector for both countries. The strategies, institutional agreements and actions oriented to the transformation of the land uses to contribute building a green economy, in Costa Rica and in Vietnam, as well as evaluate different transformation processes of the rural territories, such as the forestry landscape restoration, climate change strategies, REDD+, NAMAS, forestry development plans, among other national policies.
GreeTS will promote research and the academic interchange through the researchers and doctoral students.
Finnfor II project
In 2015, the Latin American Chair of Forest Policy and Economics (CLAPEF) took over the responsibility to lead the Finnfor II Project: Forests and Forestry Management in Central America. This project was a regional and interdisciplinary initiative of CATIE, with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, wihch sought to strengthen and multiply the use and the ecologically sound management, economically competitive and socially equitable of the forestry ecosystems.
Since 2009, through the Finnish cooperation, Finnfor contributed to eliminate the selected barriers for the sustainable production of goods and forestry services in Central America, for the wellbeing of the society and the sustainability of the ecosystems.
The second phase undertook by CLAPEF began in October 2012, with the objective of improving the livelihoods of the small and medium enterprises, producers groups and forestry services providers, through the value chains approach.