|Project number :
||PD 340/05 Rev.2 (M)
|Project country :
Government of Guatemala: $161,390
|Submitted by :
||Government of Guatemala
|Implementing agencies :
||Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB)
|ITTO funding sources :
|Financed at session No :
Forest sector institutions in Guatemala, both at the government (regulation, control and incentives) and private (industrialisation and marketing) levels have to date made individual efforts to generate reliable information. Even though these efforts have been very significant, these are not consistent with a comprehensive policy that could provide statistical information at the national level. Thus, these individual efforts can resolve temporary internal problems within the respective institutions but are not based on a long-term vision and often produce conflictive information by applying different methods of data evaluation.
Against this backdrop, this project seeks to become a binding agent, identifying primary information-generating institutions in the country. The project will introduce state-of-the-art information technologies so that the regional units of the institutions in charge of forest control may have monitoring tools and adequate communications infrastructure available. These units report directly to their headquarters in the Capital of the Republic and currently rely, in many aspects, on the information generated by these central offices. Under this new scheme, the responsibility for forest management monitoring and control will be decentralised to these units, thus ensuring an expeditious information gathering process and appropriate processing of the information collected, as the situation varies from one region to the other. As a complement to data collection activities, statistical analysis tools will be developed to study the performance of forest activities through the harvesting, industrialization and marketing stages, making use of the quality information generated by the system. These tools will help improve the basis for decision and policy making in the forest sector. Furthermore, the data generation procedures of private agencies will be strengthened through their managing bodies so that these can actively participate in the production of reliable statistics at the national level.
This will ensure the achievement of the development objective i.e. "To contribute to the social and economic development of the country by providing timely, easy-to-access and reliable information on forest activities as the basis for the development of policies to promote national and foreign investments in the sector".