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Towards national financing strategies for sustainable forest management in Latin America

Overview of the present situation and the experience in selected countries






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    Strategies and financial mechanisms for sustainable use and conservation of forests: experiences from Latin America and Asia
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    In the last two decades, interest in financing sustainable forest management has been gathering momentum. However, most of the approaches have yet to be mainstreamed, and remain either as ideas or experimental in the Asia-Pacific region. On the other hand, some countries, particularly those in Latin America, have seen more innovative ideas already being implemented. What are the circumstances and why is the momentum greater in that part of the world? It is worth exploring. It is equally importan t to evaluate the work in Asia - who is doing what - to make the information more readily available and to share experiences which would help strengthen the initiatives. This book documents and compares developments in the two regions, and assesses some of the ongoing developments in financing sustainable forest management. Their experiences and analyses should be of interest to practitioners everywhere concerned with sustainable forest management.
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    Special Session: Implementing Sustainable Forest Management: The search for excellence in sustainable forest management in Latin America and the Caribbean
    Latin America and Caribbean Commission, Twenty-Fourth Session, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 26-30 June 2006
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    Standing tall: exemplary cases of sustainable forest management in Latin America and the Caribbean 2010
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    The diversity of forest management experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean shows that sustainable forest management is achievable and can be a highly competitive option in a variety of contexts. Communities, companies, NGOs and the state itself, which owns most of the forests in the region, have applied techniques and practices that have kept forests standing while at the same time obtaining economic benefits and contributing to global wellbeing. Some of these cases have made more progress than others towards sustainability and should serve as a guide for similar initiatives throughout the region and the rest of the world. The exemplary cases of forest management and cases with exemplary aspects that are discussed in this book indicate a paradigm shift in the region regarding natural resources management. Gone are the days when volume and price were the only things that mattered. The evidence that forests can be managed by applying sustainability criteria in different contexts, o n different scales and by different actors shows that good management can reduce deforestation, fight poverty and maintain environmental services. The cases presented here, as well as the many other undocumented cases that exist in the region, serve as inspiration to create new forestry policies that mitigate the impact of climate change.

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