Forum on Governance, Legality Verification Systems and Competitiveness in the Latin American Forest Sector.


Quito, Ecuador, October 2014—As a part of the EC-funded South America timber project, TRAFFIC and partners hosted a forum on “Governance, Legality Verification Systems, and Competitiveness in the Latin American Forest Sector”, in Quito, Ecuador that concluded earlier this month.

The workshop sought to facilitate the exchange of experiences and lessons learnt to guide decision-making processes that will strengthen institutions and contribute to fair and equitable forest management.

The forum, the first of its kind in Latin America, was organized by TRAFFIC, European Forestry Institute, EU FLEGT FAO Programme, IUCN, the World Resources Institute, WWF and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment, with the support of the Sustainable Forest Management Corporation (COMAFORS).

Around 140 stakeholders representing the public and private sectors, indigenous communities and other civil society representatives from 10 Latin American countries (Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), as well as Europe and the USA, attended the four-day event.

The meeting was set against a backdrop of the recent tragic killings of six indigenous people by illegal loggers near the Peru/Brazil border. This sad news helped focus to discussions by the expert participants on issues related to forest governance.

Daily themes centered around three stakeholder groups: day one focused on forest governance in general and was targeted at indigenous representatives; day two on traceability and control systems targeted the public sector; while the third day examined legal timber trade and competitiveness targeted at the private sector. All stakeholders were encouraged to share experiences and opinions through presentations, panel and plenary discussions, working groups and interviews.

“The terrible news of the recent killings has added poignancy and urgency to discussions on forest governance issues between all stakeholder groups,” said Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC.

“It has been quite remarkable and encouraging to see these diverse stakeholders discussing and agreeing on important issues for the region. I hope this forum will prove a major step forwards for a combined sectorial approach towards improved forest governance in Latin America.”

A field trip to Golondrinas on the final day helped demonstrate the practical application of forest sector control and monitoring by both public and private entities in Ecuador. It included a visit to a “tree museum”, an interactive educational museum on timber-related issues hosted by the Ministry of Environment; a trip to a women’s co-operative that utilizes waste wood and makes and markets wooden products; and a visit to a COMAFORS factory that provided a fascinating insight into the plywood making industry from log to finished product.

  • PRESENTATIONS (in spanish/portuguese):

Day 1

Modelo de Gobernanza Forestal Ecuador_L F Díaz_MAE

Medicion de gobernanza forestal_B Ortiz_TRAFFIC

Sinergias_J M Orozco_TRAFFIC

Curso en línea sobre gobernanza forestal_A Puyol_TRAFFIC

Proceso gobernanza Guatemala_J Morales_Alianza OFCs

Veeduría Forestal Perú_G Cuñashi_AIDESEP

Day 2

Trazabilidad y verificación_DHewitt_Programa UE FAO FLEGT

DOF y sistemas de control_J H Chaves_Ministero Ambiente Brasil

SIFGUA Guatemala_Amauri Molina _INAB

Salvoconducto y Pacto Madera_L S Pulido_ MinAmbiente Colombia

organismo de control Perú_R Navarro_OSINFOR

Avances AVA-FLEGT Honduras_M Leon_ICF

Monitoreo SVLF Nicaragua_Marvin Sujo_INAFOR

Day 3

Madera legal_R Noguerón_WRI

Ley Lacey_T Swegle_DOJ US. Link to the video of the presentation.

M Barany_SITCO Lumber Company

EUTR_E Unwin_Client Earth

Implementacion EUTR Holanda_M Wortel_NVWA

A Romero_AEIM

G Carvalho_AIMEX

O Staackmann_Gremial Forestal Guatemala

Flujos de madera CA y RD_G Navarro_UICN The study can be found at the following link:  “Análisis del comercio internacional de productos de madera y su gobernanza administrativa”

Indice competitividad_E Herrera_Reforestamos Mexico


Reforestacion comercial_P Noboa_MAGAP



Participants of Quito Conference, October 2014


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This project is financed by the European Union / Este proyecto está financiado por la Unión Europea