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Project ID TFL-PPD045/13 Rev.2 (M)
Title IMPROVING FOREST PRODUCT MONITORING AND EFFICIENCY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM TO ENHANCE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PRIMARY FOREST PROCESSING INDUSTRY
Status COMPLETED
Executing agency
INAB - INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BOSQUES
Summary In Guatemala, it is widely recognized that illegal activities in the forest sector lead to significant loss not only for the sector but also for Guatemalan society as a whole. Uncontrolled harvesting of firewood and timber is one of the main causes of the reduction in forest resource volumes. It is estimated that more than 95% of forest product flows in Guatemala (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).

This volume comprises 76% of firewood and 24% of timber. It is estimated that out of the 6.87 million m3 processed by the industry, a total 4.6 million m3 is not sourced under control and is geared to the domestic market, mainly for primary processing or sawmilling.

Since 1999, there has been a need to carry out research on new processing techniques, processing efficiency and specialized processing procedures. With regard to efficiency levels, current primary sawmilling yield rates depend on the technology used and the main product type, e.g. boards, planks or beams (Zamora & Barrera, 2010).

In order to improve forest industry efficiency, skilled personnel is also needed to develop efficient production lines for existing and innovative products, to conduct studies on yield, timelines and flows, to optimize processing techniques based on optimal wood cutting and feed speeds, and to develop work programs (Zamora & Barrera, 2010).

The pre-project “Improving forest product monitoring and efficiency through the development of a program to enhance the performance of the primary forest processing industry” 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:

•Contribute to improving forest product monitoring and efficiency and enhancing sustainable forest management in Guatemala.
•Provide a standardized methodology to establish primary sawmilling yield levels in the processing of major forest species in Guatemala so as to develop a project proposal aimed at improving primary sawmilling monitoring and control and enhancing processing efficiency and legal marketing of timber.
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Project document S-TFL-PPD-045-13-R2-M-Pre-Project-Document.pdf
Completion report TFL-PPD-045-13-R1-M-Completion Report.pdf
Technical report(s) Guia rendimientos.pdf
Informe rendimientos Enero 2017.pdf
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  • Inspection and classification of sawn wood of hardwood species in forestry industry

    Country: Petén, Guatemala
    Author: Antonio Guoron
    Affiliation: Organización Manejo y Conservación -OMYC-

  • Operator sawing log wood in the main saw (horizontal saw)

    Country: Petén, Guatemala
    Scientific name: Platymiscium yucatanum
    Author: Antonio Guoron
    Affiliation: Organización Manejo y Conservación -OMYC-

  • Saw timber quality inspection

    Country: El Progreso, Guatemala
    Scientific name: Pinus sp.
    Author: Antonio Guoron
    Affiliation: Industria Forestal de la Federación de Cooperativas de las Verapaces -FEDECOVERA-

  • Representatives of timber companies receiving training on the use of the app ‘rendimadera’ –an android base application to standardize the calculation of yield of harvested logs– by ITTO project staff

    Country: Guatemala
    Author: INAB
    Affiliation: INAB

  • Screenshot of the app

    Country: Guatemala
    Author: INAB
    Affiliation: INAB

  • Screenshot of the app

    Country: Guatemala
    Author: INAB
    Affiliation: INAB