Forest law enforcement
Institutional strengthening for the implementation of the national strategy to combat illegal logging
Illegal logging is one of Costa Rica¿s most serious environmental problems. An estimated 25-50% of the marketed timber is of illegal origin. The problem of illegality in the forest sector is not limited to illegal harvesting, but also includes illegal transport and marketing of timber. It leads to the accelerated degradation of natural forests and other forest resources, thus constituting a serious threat to the environmental stability of the country. In addition, it results in the loss of opportunities to generate income, promote sustainable rural development and improve the livelihoods of Costa Ricans. In view of the complexity of the problem, the Government of Costa Rica has requested FAO to assist in the implementation of a national strategy to prevent, detect and combat illegal logging. The technical cooperation project ¿Institutional strengthening for the implementation of the national strategy to combat illegal logging¿ was initiated in January 2006 and has a duration of 18 months.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and other key institutions for the efficient and participatory implementation of the national strategy to prevent, control and mitigate the negative economic, social and environmental impacts of illegal logging. More specifically, the project aims to:
- Assist the MINAE and other key institutions in increasing their capacity to prevent, detect and control illegal logging by designing and implementing instruments that promote the legal and sustainable use of forest resources.
- Demonstrate the viability of the use of new technologies to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of the administrative procedures to monitor activities related to forest utilization.
- Design and implement a communication process to increase public awareness about illegal logging and its economic, social and environmental impacts, thus generating a shared vision and a change of attitude required for the legal and sustainable utilization of forest resources.
Manual de Normativa Forestal in Costa Rica (SINAC-CEDARENA) [missing link label]