In general, Forest Management Plans are not carried out, and if they are then they are not available to the public. If plans were available as dynamic and flexible tools for management and control of the forest management operations, whose design allowed identification in advance of the activities and operations for sustainable use, they would allow both the holder and the public concerned to analyse them and obtain results of the levels of compliance.
In particular, it would allow the Office for Supervision of Forest and Wildlife Resources (OSINFOR in Spanish) to have full control and oversight of sustainable use and conservation of the forest and wildlife resources, as well as of the ecosystem services.
In addition, the new Forest and Wildlife Law sets out the creation of the National System of Forest and Wildlife Management (SINAFOR), a body charged with making available to the public access to the operating management plans and general forest management plans which were approved prior to this Law and in its framework. It also classifies the information generated by the body: a) as confidential, certain sections of the plans which will be regulated in specific norms and b) as non-confidential, information on the relation of forest species subject to use, the assessment of extraction, the debts with regard to operating licences and environmental impacts resulting from development of the activity.
This will allow both the authority and the citizen to access information and decision-making, as up until now neither civil society nor communities have had the chance to influence these plans. The only influence that they have had is through some projects carried out by third parties (e.g. NGOs) which involved sustainable forest operations.
|Title||a. Article 96 of Supreme Decree 014-2001-AG. Regulation of the Forest and Wildlife Law
b. Article 45 of the Forest and Wildlife Law 29763
|Organisation||a. Ministry of Agriculture through its Line Directorate the Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA), now absorbed by the National Forest Directorate
b. Executive Branch and Congress of the Republic – through the Land Commission