Luis A. NOVOA ROBLES, ADEFOR, Peru
For more than 25 years, ADEFOR, in tune with its origins and history, has organized its forest activity with a commercial or industrial focus as an economic, social and ecologically profitable activity.
The politics of the Institution is based on a strategy designed to boost social investment, implementing many concrete measures in order to allow the incorporation of the community with the private effort, so as to make the development process possible.
Production Management and Investigation Management
Organs of Support
ADEFOR promotes the realization of activities of afforestation and industrialization of wood, conservation of biological diversity, protection and sustainable use of flora and native fauna species and, in general, activities of scientific and biotechnical development.
ADEFOR encourages investment and participation in forestry activities by means of mechanisms sui generis of property.
ADEFOR contributes to the generation of an environmental conscience in society by the development of education and training programmes in environmental topics.
ADEFOR exchanges information, technology and human resources with other national and/or foreign institution that pursue similar goals.
ADEFOR carries out investigations into forestry, handling, use and forest transformation, prioritizing species and areas of importance and industrial potential.
ADEFOR also offers services to supply seeds, wood and non-wood products related to the forest, regeneration of areas with grass, and the establishment, handling, use and transformation of forest plantations.
ADEFOR offers training services and consultantships specializing in forest matters, agronomy-forest, restitution and conservation of the environment.
ADEFOR tries to contribute to the achievement of improved levels of community participation, to boost elements of identity and revaluation of its culture (conceptually and practically), while maintaining the characteristics of the communal organization and of its own individuality. This process obviously is not uniform because particularities have also led to diverse answers and developments.
ADEFOR understands that development is for and with rural communities. It not only emphasizes increases in production levels and productivity, or exclusively the technological aspects. It seeks the defence of technical and popular knowledge, but with a critical and, at the same time, creative focus. It is interested in the conservation of the environment in order to have a sustained production, as well as an acceptable level of economic profitability.
Experimental and demonstration plantations
Experimental and demonstration plantations were started in 1976 and are related to the introduction of species, to techniques of plantations and to production, as well as of genetic improvement, bearing in mind installation conditions, soil, humidity, winds and icy conditions.
These demonstration plantations are located mainly in the counties of Cajamarca, as well as in other places in Peru. They are important from the scientific point of view, and the work is based on silviculture investigation.
Industrial plantations were begun in 1984 and are located on the property of the Atahualpa Jerusalem cooperative, governed by agreements that specify timber distribution between the owners of the land (50 percent) and ADEFOR.