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Erick Cuellar: Community forest management - an alternative for the conservation of biodiversity and reduction of poverty
 

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Day 2, Session 3: The role and perspectives of forest communities in the forest reform process

Day 2, Session 3: The role and perspectives of forest communities in the forest reform process

Presentation by Erick Cuellar, Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP

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    Erick Cuellar: Community forest management - an alternative for the conservation of biodiversity and reduction of poverty Erick Cuellar: Community forest management - an alternative for the conservation of biodiversity and reduction of poverty Presentation Transcript

    • Community forest management an alternative for the Conservation of Biodiversity and Reduction of Poverty. May 2009.
    • Conservation Policies • 1989 creation of CONAP. • 1990 creation of the MBR (2.1 millon hectares)
    • INITIAL STATUS OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE MBR (1990-95) Focus on Strict Protection State of ungovernability Deforestation and unmanaged advance of the agricultural frontier Illegal extraction of the natural resources Plundering of archaeological sites
    • STRATEGY STRATEGY • Share and delegate the administration of the Multiple Use Zone • Adjudication of concessions for the use and management of the resource base • Compatibility of socio-economic development with conservation and biodiversity goals.
    • ACOFOP • Founded in 1995 • Its Objective: Promote Objective the socio-economic development and the improvement of well- being of communities, through sustainable forest management. • 23 member community organizations.
    • Role of ACOFOP Guarantee the collectivity of the communities with concessions Accompany the community processes of managing the resource base RRNN Social representation and political incidence
    • Overall • More than 500,000 hectares most of it FSC certified Achievements
    • BENEFITS • More than 14,000 persons benefit directly from forest management. • Employment generation. • Development of local capacities. • Direct economic benefits for households. • Social benefits to community
    • ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS Control of Forest Fires • Community investment in control and vigilance overall • Community investment in forest fire vigilance. • Both natural resource and archaeological sites. Aeas under Concession
    • Forest Cover in 2003 Community Concessions