Peru: Project to recover degraded forests

March 15, 2019
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The World Bank's has approved the allocation of US$12.2 million to fund the Integrated Forest Management Project to be undertaken by the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), in Atalaya, Ucayali the fifth most deforested area in the country.

This initiative by MINAM will benefit more than 2,300 indigenous families and forest and seeks to restore forest cover and introduce forest management over almost 400,000in the region.

Some of the funds will be used for small-scale cottage business development a priority will be integrating the role of women in implementation and management.

SERFOR/OSINFOR alliance to strengthen sustainable forest and wildlife management

In order to optimise state resources, the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) and the Forest Resources and Wildlife Oversight Agency (OSINFOR) signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement that will allow the exchange of experiences and information in the supervision, control and control of the use of natural resources.

Both agencies will strengthen their functions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in achieving their institutional objectives. SERFOR and OSINFOR also signed an agreement to align their institutional role within the framework of the 0130 Budget Program, called Competitiveness and Sustainable Use of Forest and Wildlife Resources.

Legally compliant companies cannot compete in local market

The decision of the Peruvian Government to locate OSINFOR within the Ministry of the Environment does not diminish its independence or its capacity to sanction forest operations and according to the Second Vice President of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Erik Fischer, the power and capacity of OSINFOR could be enhanced through this relocation he said.

In a statement Fischer described as pure speculation the rumours reported in some Peruvian and foreign media about possible sanctions being imposed on Peru by the US government because of the relocation of OSINFOR.

He stressed that legally compliant timber companies in Peru have to rely on exports as they cannot compete in the domestic because "it is impossible to compete with the low prices offered by small domestic manufacturers who utilise raw materials that cannot be traced to ensure legality”.