FRA Working Paper 13


ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY FOREST COVER CHANGE: GUATEMALA


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The Forest Resources Assessment Programme

Forests are crucial for the well-being of humanity. They provide foundations for life on earth through ecological functions, by regulating the climate and water resources, and by serving as habitats for plants and animals. Forests also furnish a wide range of essential goods such as wood, food, fodder and medicines, in addition to opportunities for recreation, spiritual renewal and other services.

Today, forests are under pressure from expanding human populations, which frequently leads to the conversion or degradation of forests into unsustainable forms of land use. When forests are lost or severely degraded, their capacity to function as regulators of the environment is also lost, increasing flood and erosion hazards, reducing soil fertility, and contributing to the loss of plant and animal life. As a result, the sustainable provision of goods and services from forests is jeopardized.

FAO, at the request of the member nations and the world community, regularly monitors the world’s forests through the Forest Resources Assessment Programme. The next report, the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000), will review the forest situation by the end of the millennium. FRA 2000 will include country-level information based on existing forest inventory data, regional investigations of land-cover change processes, and a number of global studies focusing on the interaction between people and forests. The FRA 2000 report will be made public and distributed on the World Wide Web in the year 2000.

The Forest Resources Assessment Programme is organized under the Forest Resources Division (FOR) at FAO headquarters in Rome. Contact persons are:

Robert DavisFRA Programme Coordinatorrobert.davis@fao.org

Peter HolmgrenFRA Project Directorpeter.holmgren@fao.org

or use the e-mail address: fra@fao.org

DISCLAIMER

The Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Working Paper Series is designed to reflect the activities and progress of the FRA Programme of FAO. Working Papers are not authoritative information sources – they do not reflect the official position of FAO and should not be used for official purposes. Please refer to the FAO forestry website (www.fao.org/forestry/index.jsp) for access to official information.

The FRA Working Paper Series provides an important forum for the rapid release of preliminary FRA 2000 findings needed for validation and to facilitate the final development of an official quality-controlled FRA 2000 information set. Should users find any errors in the documents or have comments for improving their quality they should contact either Robert Davis or Peter Holmgren at fra@fao.org.

 

Abbreviations

ASIES

Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales

CONAP

Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas

CCAB-AP

Consejo Centroamericano de Bosques y Areas Protegidas

CCAD

Comision Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

CI

Conservation International

DIGEBOS

Dirección General de Bosques

FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization

FYDEP

Fomento y Desarrollo del Petén

FRA

Forest Resources Assessment

FUNDAECO

Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo

ICAITI

Instituto Centro Americano de Investigación y Tecnología

INAFOR

Instituto Nacional Forestal

INAB

Instituto Nacional de Bosques

MAGA

Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación

PAFT-G

Plan de Acción Forestal Tropical para Guatemala

PINFOR

Programa de Incentivos Forestales

PROARCA

Programa Ambiental para Centro América

SINAP

Sistema Nacional de Areas Protegidas

TNC

The Nature Conservancy

UNDP

Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo


Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. General Profile of Guatemala

3. Principal causes of forest cover change – general conclusions

4. Annotated bibliography

5. Interviews with national forestry and environmental professionals

5.1. Positive changes

References

Appendix 1: Disturbed forest

Appendix 2: Forest assessment

Appendix 3: Forest management

Appendix 4: Forest ownership

Appendix 5: Forest services and functions

Appendix 6: Institutions

Appendix 7: National Forestry and Environmental Professionals