CATIE launches three forest restoration projects that will benefit Model Forests

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CATIE’s Forest Landscape Management Chair, headed by Ronnie de Camino, also Presitreesdent of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network, is launching three new projects in 2016 to support forest landscape restoration and management in Latin America, where Model Forest territories will be prioritized.  These projects are designed to support the Initiative 20×20 proposed by the World Resources Institute and jointly promoted with the CATIE, CIAT and the IUCN to begin the restoration of 20 million hectares of degraded lands in Latin America by 2020. Please continue reading below for more information on each of the individual project:

  1. Funded by BMUB (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), is a joint 3-year project between WRI-CIAT-CATIE to support restoration of degraded lands in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The project will take a two-pronged approach. Firstly, it will support governments define clear restoration strategies through conducting a current baseline study, defining country expectation, and determining desired outcomes. Secondly, it will target impact investors in order to establish new financial mechanisms to attract private sector investment and catalyze restoration activities at the landscape level, providing benefits to private landowners, communities and society as a whole.
  2. Funded by BMUB (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety) and led by CATIE, this project will identify high potential secondary forest, then conduct an analysis of local social, economic and governance structures to assess the possibility of sustainable forest management. Once areas and communities have been identified, trainings and workshops on best forest management practices will be provided, and then links will be made between local structures and investors. Lastly, the project will be documented in order to promote forest management policy changes in the region to more easily facilitate secondary forest management.
  3. Funded by LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation and led by CATIE, this project is designed to develop models for secondary forest and degraded primary forest management within five Central American countries, with priority in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The primary objective of this project is to facilitate and finance small and medium sized forest enterprises in order to manage secondary and degraded forests through economically viable models. The first phase of the project is 3 years and started in January of 2016 is conducting an analysis of potential areas and companies for investment, a short-list will then be selected for a pre-feasibility study before moving into the feasibility stage. Once the feasibility study is complete, the LuxDev will then complete a due diligence assessment and report before investing in the selected enterprises.
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