XIII Technical Committee of the Forest Governance Positioning Project in Colombia
In Medellin was performed the XIII Technical Committee of the Project. It was conducted by the PPGFC to the corporations that are part of the project and some other invited Corporations such as: Environmental Authority of Cundinamarca (CAR), Corpoamazonía, Asocars, the Environmental Authority of Santander (CAS) and the Environmental Authority of Medellin.
During the days of work, October 15th to 17th, the central team of the PPGFC presented the report of the Annual Work Plan 2014 – POA (For its initials in Spanish) and the results of the pilot test of the Mathematical Model for Calculating Forestry Legality and Illegality. Additionally, some important topics were discussed, including the review of the policy framework regarding to the definition of legal timber, in which attendees made their contributions in order to list the regulation related to this concept in Colombia. Also, a first approach to define criteria and indicators in order to measure the Forest Governance in the entities of the National Environmental System was developed.
Besides, the Control System and Forest Monitoring proposal was shared with the participants and, the Flora and Fauna Care Center CAV (for its initials in Spanish) at the Metropolitan Area of Valle de Aburrá (AMVA), in the municipality of Bello, Antioquia was visited.There, some practices were conducted with both digital applications:
Cubimaderas, which standardizes the process for calculating the volume of wood in different moments of the forest production chain and, EspeciesMaderables that incorporates basic elements for the identification of 25 timber species, making easier for Environmental Authorities, their identification during activities of forest control and surveillance.
These applications were well received by the attendees of the environmental authorities CAR, given to the accuracy of the results. Cubimaderas as a functional tool allowed attendees the unification of criteria for cubing and the EspeciesMaderables application, permit them to have more confidence when identifying species which are being harvested, transported and commercialized.
Thus, the Technical Committees become spaces of updating and sharing of experiences between different corporations, aimed at strengthening successfully the process of Forest Governance in the country.
The Forest Governance Positioning Project is funded by the European Union and led by CARDER, in association with Corantioquia, Corpocaldas, CRC, Codechocó, Corponariño, Corponor, CRQ, Cortolima, Corpourabá, CVC, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Asocars and Aldea Global.