National Forest Inventories in Latin America strengthened at meeting held in Manaus, Brazil

  • Ten countries from Latin America and the Caribbean shared progress during an event that facilitated the exchange of experiences and networking of forest monitoring

July 31st, 2017. A meeting for the Exchange of Experiences on National Forest Inventories in Latin America and the Caribbean was recently held in the city of Manaus, Brazil, from July 25th to 27th. Among the objetives was the exchange of experiences and the promotion of forestry experts and technology networks to support the creation of National Forest Inventories (NFI) in Latin America and Caribbean countries as tools for the sustainable management of forests.

The meeting was jointly organized by the Brazilin Forest Service (Servico Forestal Brasileiro, SFB) as the coordinating institution of the NFI of Brazil, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through the program of the United Nations UN-REDD, and CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through the project on Mechanisms and networks of technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the Program of Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change (PBByCC in its Spanish acronym).

Representatives from Brazil, Ecuador, Suriname, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico, participated in the meeting that was opened to the public, and it was livestremed and documented by the Center of Virtual Excellence in Forest Monitoring in Mesoamerica.

Mario Chacón, a CATIE researcher and part of the organizing committee of the event, believes that this event marks a milestone in the region because it strengthens collaboration between countries in two important regions of Latin America such as Mesoamerica and the Amazon, projecting future South-South actions of collaboration on forest monitoring and adoption of technologies.

During the event, FAO launched the new voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring (http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1026004/icode/). This publication introduces the principles of good practices and guidelines as tools for planning and implementing national forest monitoring systems.

For FAO, the development of voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring is a very useful tool to strengthen countries’ efforts in the compilation and generation of forest information for multiple purposes, such as improving sustainable forest management to accomplish objectives of sustainable development, improving national reports on climate change mitigation and biodiversity, and increasing knowledge for the development of adaptation strategies.

These guidelines are based on the experience and lessons learned while building the monitoring systems of FAO member countries, and contributions from institutional partners and stakeholders.

The event succeeded in promoting not only the exchange of experiences and progress on the implementation of NFI in the countries, but also the establishment of a network of countries that will work on the compatibility and the adoption of new technologies of forest monitoring.

All presentations, videos, photos and other materials will be available at http://www.monitoreoforestal.gob.mx/taller/

More information:

Mario Chacón
Project Coordinator
Mechanisms and technology transfer networks
related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean
CATIE
mchacon@catie.ac.cr

Bastiaan Louman
Director
Forest Management Unit and Global Change
Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
CATIE
blouman@catie.ac.cr

Carla Ramírez
FAO
carla.ramirez@fao.org

David Morales
FAO
david.morales@fao.org

Joberto Veloso de Freitas
Brazilian Forest Service
joberto.freitas@florestal.gov.br

Marianela Argüello L.
Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
CATIE
marguello@catie.ac.cr

Photo: Virtual Center of Excellence in Forest Monitoring in Mesoamerica