Forestry Information Centre
Information for development
Timely, accessible and accurate information about forest resources and their utilization is a precondition for sustainable forest management (SFM) based on economically, environmentally and socially balanced forest policies. In Central American countries, a considerable quantity of information has already been collected, but it is not readily accessible to national decision-makers and forest industries when they make strategic decisions regarding the forest sector.
FAO organized the First Central American Information Policy Workshop, in Valle de Ángeles, Honduras, on 10-12 October 2007. Fifty participants attended the workshop. These were foresters, information and information technology professionals from forest administrations, universities, and other stakeholders, such as presidents of associations representing farm owners and people that work with trees outside forests, non-wood forest product associations, etc. from Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Furthermore, in the spring 2008, a follow-up of the regional meeting was done by organizing national workshops and technical assistance visits in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Capacity needs to be strengthened in these six tropical forested countries so as to be able to share timely and accurate information on their forest resources, policies and institutions, including emerging demands on their forests and the impacts of policy initiatives to promote SFM. Equally, access to appropriate information is inadequate to serve as a practical basis for private sector investments.