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Better organized communities for more sustainable forests

A World Bank project aims to support communities in forest areas of Mexico to improve their organizational capacities.

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More than 88 million hectares in Mexico are classified as forest land (tropical, temperate and desert), covering almost 45% of the country and hosting close to 11 million people, whose subsistence is often linked to the management of the areas and their derived products. The way in which these zones are handled has a direct impact on the quality of life of these communities, setting the pace of their development.

For this reason, the World Bank has launched, with the support of FAO, the project for Business Strengthening in Forest Productive Landscapes, which aims to "strengthen sustainable forest management and increase the economic opportunities of people and businesses that depend on forests in selected forest landscapes ". This kind of entrepreneurial strengthening understands that the better organized and trained the communities are in the management of forests, incorporating aspects such as sustainability or innovation, the greater their potential for development is.

Hans Thiel, FAO forestry expert, traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico at the end of 2017 to contribute to the formulation of the project. This work was carried out together with the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and involved maintaining "intense work meetings with the different technical areas related to the implementation of the National Strategy for Forest Production and Productivity (ENAIPROS) and the National System of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (SNMRV), among others".

Although the project's intervention zones and their direct or indirect beneficiaries have not been defined in detail, the project already has the green light to start its operations throughout this year.

Author: Agronoticias
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