Programme FAO-UE FLEGT

Promoting legal timber trade and sustainable forest governance in Guatemala


The forests of Guatemala’s northern department of Petén are renowned for their high biodiversity value and resources. A large share of the country’s timber harvesting takes place there. Despite this, the legal timber market has often struggled against the demand for timber. Many buyers have limited access to legal timber supplies, leaving them with little choice but to purchase illegally harvested wood.

The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme partnered with Asociación Balam to support micro, small and medium enterprises to access legal timber sources by strengthening environmentally sustainable timber markets. Read more about the project and lessons learnt on Capacity4dev, here.

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