Community forest management against illegal timber logging
Indigenous communities comply with strict rules to ensure the regeneration of the forest and protect water sources.

Publisher:  Latin American Press
Date Written:  26/03/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23230

Guatemala is hit hard by mudslides caused by deforestation. Government-led initiatives created in consultation with Indigenous communities have been successful in preserving forests and promotiing sustainability.


Excerpt: The risk of deadly mudslides is particularly severe in areas where excessive timber logging has stripped hills and mountains of vegetation, leaving no barrier to hold back mud, rocks and debris, in the event of torrential rain....

Aware of the deadly implications of failing to halt deforestation, caused by agriculture, illegal timber logging, and the widespread use of firewood, in early 2014, Guatemala’s National Forestry Bureau (INAB) launched a timber tracking system to register, monitor and control the flow of forest products through legally established and registered companies, the Electronic Forest Enterprise Information System (SEINEF).

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