Forests are the most important resources in the regions of Ucayali, Selva Central and Madre de Dios. These resources, however, are not being adequately utilised, despite the fact that substantial efforts are being made to overcome this problem. Moreover, illegal timber logging is one of the most serious forestry problems facing these regions. Evidence has shown that some traders, taking advantage of the extreme poverty affecting rural and indigenous forest communities, are acting as intermediaries to trade illegally logged timber, thus contributing to the degradation of the forest and generating social conflict, as the mafias that control illegal logging subject local residents to forced labour, thus affecting their integrity and citizen rights.
As such, this project proposal aims to contribute to the strengthening of the forest production-industry-consumer chain to consolidate a formal, transparent and legal production system that will encourage sustainable forest management and will benefit forest sector related communities and the national economy. Specifically, the project seeks to promote the articulation of the legal production of timber from forest concessions and other forests under sustainable management with industry, trade and end-consumers and to support the implementation of a national forest production monitoring system with the participation of the public and private sectors.
Expected outputs are a managed forest-industry-market articulation system; a code of conduct for the private sector and CNF members; the implementation of forest business plans for timber producing watershed areas; development of an on-line information system on forest production from managed forests; and the strengthening of the capacity of the Forest Concessions Supervisory Office (OSINFOR) to enable it to function as appropriate.
The Project will be implemented by the National Forestry Chamber (CNF) with the active participation of forest concessionaires, as well as forest producers and managers, industrialists, traders, and other timber production chain stakeholders, as well as private and public organisations related to the forest sector such as trade associations, professionals, NGO’s, the Ministry of Agriculture, INRENA, OSINFOR, the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), the National Tax Administration Department (SUNAT), and the Multisectoral Commission Against Illegal Logging (CMLTI).