It is estimated that more than 95% of forest product flows in Guatemala, or approximately 28.6 out of the 30.7 million m3 harvested in 2006, are extracted out of the control of the government (URL, IARNA, 2009. Integrated Forest Accounting).
The lack of information on the domestic market for forest products is widespread and leads to a lack of transparency. The domestic market for forest products is not very demanding and the general public has a limited knowledge of timber uses, which is reflected in low product quality and a lack of coordination in the secondary processing industry (FAO, 2003. Forest Sector Trends to 2020).
The pre-project “Development of a program to strengthen the traceability of legally sourced forest products in Guatemala” is hereby proposed in order to contribute to finding a solution to the above problems. The implementation of the pre-project is expected to achieve the following objectives:
1.Improve the traceability and legality of forest products from Guatemalan forests;
2.Analyze the traceability and legality conditions of forest products in Guatemala and develop a project proposal to establish effective monitoring and control mechanisms.