Development of sustainable forestry models & links to private finance for secondary forest
As of: May 2018
Objective and activities
The project aims at the sustainable management of secondary forests (SF) in Central America. This will lead to longterm sustainable land use by reducing deforestation, preserving ecosystems and their ecosystem services (ES), and socio-economic development. The beneficiaries are secondary forest owners which will manage their lands in a sustainable way; communities in surrounding areas that would have new jobs and income prospects, and the society as it will benefit from the decrease of deforestation rates and generation of income. To achieve this, the project will: (1) identify areas with a high potential for sustainable management in SF; (2) identify, analyse and advice local governance structures and landowners to undertake sustainable forest management; (3) implement new forest management concepts and silvicultural practices in the SF; (4) link local managementstructures to public and private financing; and (5) document best management practices and policy recommendations.
State of implementation/results
- First course on Secondary Forest business models and management from July 24th to 28th with the participation of 20 forest practitioners from partner countries
- Co-organization of a roundtable for Guatemalas forest sector supporting the promotion of secondary forest projects
- Discussion process with the department of financial mechanisms and industry of INAB to build up an agenda to link the financial sector (national banks and other stakeholders) with the forestry sector to create new financial instruments for the sector.
- Negotiations with Costa Rican forest authorities to support needs on training in secondary forest.
- Agreements in process to create demonstration areas for secondary forest management in Guatemala with “Defensores de la Naturaleza” a local NGO, in Honduras with the “Agriculture Pan-American School” and in Costa Rica with “Estación Experimental Horizontes” a National Forest service experimental site.