National Forest Policy
According to our research, the policy has not been translated into the indigenous languages and there is no summary of this policy. Local communities can request information on the policy by applying to the regional public information unit of the National Institute of Forests (INAB).
In the introduction to the Forest Policy document, it states that it is valid over the long term (20 years) and thus, in theory, is up-to-date. The policy was created four years after the forest law. There is an official evaluation, which is being promoted nationwide through departmental workshops. These involve the participation of important stakeholders in the forest sector and explain the challenges and the shortcomings of the policy, using a series of indicators (http://pfnguate.org/pages/noticias.htm#politicaguate). The summary indicates that development of forest plantations, and investment and employment in the forest sector are satisfactory. Conservation of the Guatemala System of Protected Areas, development of agro-forestry systems, expansion and modernisation of primary and secondary forest industry and competitiveness must all improve, while the conservation of strategic forest ecosystems and the development of management of natural forests have made no progress at all.