Specialists from Latin American and Caribbean countries participated in the IV International Course on Forest Management and Recovery of Degraded Vegetation Resources, held from 21st to 25th November in Chile which was organized by the National Forestry Corporation of Chile (CONAF), the Chilean Agency or International Development Cooperation (AGCID), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) with the support of the Andean Forests Program.
The course was carried out within the framework of the National Strategy for Climate Change and Vegetation Resources (ENCCRV) and aimed to strengthen technical capacities related to the issues of forest management and recovery of degraded vegetation resources, also addressing issues such as mitigation and adaptation, reduction of the effects of desertification, land degradation and droughts.
During the inauguration of the course, Aarón Cavieres, Executive Director of CONAF stated that, “this course will generate capacity in the subject of climate change and especially in what refers to the National Strategy for Climate Change and Vegetation Resources, where, without doubt, restoration is a key element for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and thus achieve the goals that we have set as a country.”
Carolina Murcia, Ph.D. in ecology and tropical forest conservation at the University of Florida and lecturer responsible for the course said that, “the objective is for the participants to know in detail how vegetation resources are recovered, an aspect that certainly fits with the materialization of the climate change strategy that in Chile is led by CONAF.”
After the five days of the course the participants left their comments and perspectives. We share some of them below:
“This course has provided us with a complete framework for the functioning of ecosystems in general, both in their structure, functioning and how they should be considered within restoration strategies, giving it the true magnitude and theoretical depth that these actions imply.”
Leónidas Suel / National Forest and Wildlife Service, Peru
“The case studies analyzed showed the opportunities in our countries to help solve the problems associated with the conservation of Andean ecosystems.”
Gustavo Mosquera / Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador
“The content of the course was very well structured and all the participants now have a clear idea about forest management and restoration of degraded plant formations.”
Joaquín Coimbra / Ministry of Environment and Water, Bolivia
“The theme of the course was focused on the current scenario of climate change and provided bases for choosing reference systems, building SMART objectives, designing restoration, rehabilitation, recovery and monitoring projects, depending on ecosystem dynamics and the goals and objectives to be achieved in the intervention areas.”
Yennifer Gómez / MASBOSQUES Corporation, Colombia