Costa Rica

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.



Estrategia Para El Control De La Tala Ilegal 2002 - 2007

La Tala Ilegal en Costa Rica - Un análisis para la discusión (CATIE)

Mitos y Realidades (SINAC/MINAE)

FAO project document TCP/COS/3003

Manual de Normativa Forestal in Costa Rica (SINAC-CEDARENA)

Identificación y Priorización de los Actores de la Ilegalidad

Identificación de Aliados Estratégicos Institucionales para Promover el Uso Sostenible de los Recursos Naturales

Análisis del Sistema Actual de Aprobación de Permisos Forestales del Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC)

Análisis de la Estructura de Control del Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC)

Análisis Económico del Impacto de las Restricciones Técnicas y Legales sobre la Rentabilidad del Manejo de los Bosques Naturales y su Competitividad Respecto a otros Usos de la Tierra en Costa Rica

Costos de Acceso a la Legalidad, Cadenas y Actores de Mercado de la Madera Legal e Ilegal en Costa Rica

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last updated:  Monday, June 11, 2007