CATIE course on forest management: 33rd edition will count on the technical contribution of FAO-EU FLEGT Programme officers


This week marked the start of the 33rd edition of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center’s (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, CATIE) international course on forest management, entitled “Diversified Forest Management: Governance and Legality in the American Tropics”. The course is supported by the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme and will run until 30 September 2021, with participants meeting virtually three times a week.

The course covers a range of topics in the forest management field, including the benefits of legal logging, national requirements for timber extraction and international timber trading regulations. Throughout the course, participants will:

  • gain substantial technical knowledge on the management of tropical forests, taking into account the wide range of goods and services they offer;
  • learn about landscape restoration and different models of territorial management;
  • better understand socioeconomic factors related to forest management;
  • analyze challenges and considerations in the formulation of public policies, the implementation of legality verification systems and the development of Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) activities.

FAO-EU FLEGT Programme officers will be contributing with their field experience and technical knowledge to the course’s final module: Governance, Legality Verification Systems and Competitiveness. From 13-30 September 2021, officers will deliver lessons on market development through forest governance, land formalization, voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs), due diligence, timber traceability systems, legality verification systems, amongst other key topics.

To learn more about CATIE’s capacity building unit, click here.

To learn more about the Diversified Forest Management course, see the course’s brochure here (available in Spanish only).

The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is a global demand-driven initiative that provides technical support and resources for activities that further the goals of the EU’s FLEGT Action Plan. The Programme is funded by the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom.