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Business Unusual: Smallholders establish pioneering forest enterprise

Business Unusual

A newly published paper from the proposed Forest and Farm Facility takes a look at a successful initiative supported by the Nfp Facility and GFP in Guatemala and demonstrates the kind of support that the FFF would provide in future.

Trade fair promotes business and sustainable forestry in Las Verapaces

Forestry tour and trade fair in Las Verapaces, Guatemala. Photo: Programa Forestal Nacional (Pfn) Guatemala, 2011

The central Guatemalan region Las Verapaces holds trade fair which seeks to create business opportunities among members of the forestry sector and promote investments for the export of forest goods, as well as to promote a wider appreciation of forestry culture among Guatemalan society.

‘Pinabete’ plantations provide an income for Guatemalan forest communities

'Pinabete' (fir tree) plantation in Guatemala. Photo: Antonio Ordoñez

For the communities of the Guatemalan highlands, where the conservation of an endangered species has become a profitable business, the holiday season means an income.

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Economic potential of Guatemala’s non-timber forest products

Chicle gum ready for exportation © ACOFOP, Guatemala.

Seeds from the breadnut fruit, leaves from the xate ornamental palm and chicle (a natural gum) are just some of the products harvested by members of Guatemala’s National Alliance of Community Forest Organizations (the ‘Alianza’) as an economic forest management alternative to the timber trade.

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La Alianza levanta el tema de comunidades forestales en conferencia de ITTO en Guatemala

Los líderes de la Alianza Nacional de Organizaciones Forestales Comunitarias, hicieron una exposición de sus experiencias en el manejo forestal en el segundo día de actividades de la 47 Sesión del Consejo Internacional de Maderas Tropicales (ITTO por sus siglas en inglés) que se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Antigua Guatemala del 14 al 18 de noviembre pasado.

An analysis of Growing Forest Partnerships in Guatemala

Training for community representatives in the process of building a REDD strategy, Guatemala. Photo: Programa Forestal Nacional/GFP Guatemala

This report provides an overview and analysis of the background, context and development of the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative in Guatemala.

PINPEP law offers incentives to smallholders for sustainable forestry

Newly elected members of the PINPEP Directive Council with forestry community representatives, July 2011. Photo © Antonio Ordoñez

Following lobbying by community forestry groups, the Guatemalan Congress passed a much-needed law in November 2010, which formalised the Forest Smallholders Incentives Program. This programme offers smallholders the opportunity to exploit their land in a sustainable way, even if they do not have legal registration of ownership.

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Representantes de organizaciones forestales comunitarias logran ser miembros del Comité Directivo del PINPEP

Julio Asig y Ana Rivera representantes comunitarios ante el Comité Directivo del PINPEP, julio 2011. Photo © Antonio Ordoñez

En cumplimiento del decreto 51-2010 aprobado por el Congreso el año pasado, las Organizaciones Forestales Comunitarias y representantes comunitarios de los 22 departamentos de Guatemala eligieron a sus representantes ante el Comité Directivo (CODI) del Programa de Incentivos para Pequeños Poseedores de Tierras de Vocación Forestal o Agroforestal (PINPEP).



guatemala mapChallenges that are faced by forest communities in Guatemala, such as illegal logging, and limited access to resources, finance and technical assistance, were the issues that surrounded stakeholder discussions held in Guatemala, led by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Forestaría comunitaria es un tema clave del VII Congreso Forestal Centroamericano

VII Congreso Forestal Centroamericano

El sector forestal guatemalteco participó con varias ponencias en el VII Congreso Forestal Centroamericano que se llevó a cabo del 29 de junio al 1 de julio en la ciudad de Managua, Nicaragua. Guatemala fue el segundo país con mayor participación ya que asistieron 69 representantes del sector forestal entre empresarios, líderes comunitarios y autoridades de gobierno.

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