Alongside donors and implementing partners, ICCO Cooperation presented in El Salvador a new project that strengthens models of integrated forest management, so they are suitable to fight climate change in 4 countries of Latin America: Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and El Salvador.
The project will increase collaboration, regional cooperation and political dialogue between Indigenous Peoples and Community Based Organizations with state authorities, to share multilevel governance systems that may be effective to stop deforestation, forest degradation and biodiversity loss.
During the last week of April, staff from ICCO Central America, Expertise France and GIZ, as well as from the Delegation of the European Union in El Salvador, presented the project to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador, to identify synergies with other projects and favor a work dynamic.
In addition, a field visit was made to the Cinquera forest. One of the green lungs of the country and Central America. where ICCO will support the Cinquera Municipal Reconstruction and Development Association, to improve sustainable forest management, begin carbon sequestration and establish 200 hectares of forest plantations.
Systematize Forest Management
ICCO’s Marvin Centeno, regional coordinator of the project, remarked that the Cinquera Forest experience will make a strategic contribution to the project. Since one of the project’s expected results is to systematize forest management experiences and value chains, to exchange learned lessons with other forest communities and indigenous peoples from the region.
Antonio Cañas, from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and focal point for EUROCLIMA + in El Salvador, also recognized the importance of this Forest, highlighting the Cinquera Forest community model and its contribution to sustainable management and forest ecosystem.
The formal name of the project is: "Communities, Forests and Biodiversity: Promoting dialogue, exchange and forest value chains to adapt and mitigate climate change". It is one of the eight projects of the Forest, Biodiversity and Ecosystem component of the EUROCLIMA+ program, funded by the European Union (EU), which ICCO jointly developed with community and indigenous peoples’ organizations.
EUROCLIMA + is a program funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The program is implemented under the synergetic work of seven agencies: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), French Development Agency (AFD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and UN Environment.
About the implementing partners
Organization integrated by communities that manage forest concession in the Maya Biosphere Reserve’s buffer zone. Collectively, this is the largest area of certified forest under community management in the world.
Formed by Agro-Forestry famers’ cooperatives; they advocate to ensure that organizations and their affiliates carry out their productive activities in a transparent environment, at local, regional and national level.
Organization of Mískitu Indigenous territories; they strengthen autonomy and governance of La Moskitia territory, revitalizing culture and guaranteeing legalization, administration and collective control of lands, and natural resources.
Community Council of farmers from the municipalities of the Alto Atrato region; they develop actions to promote respect for their right to live and manage the territories they inhabited for generations.
* Photos and text courtesy of EUROCLIMA+.