FORESCOM offers more sustainable wood from Guatemala to the rest of the world
Together can we make real changes. We have achieved this success with the support of various local and international partners, including the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Rainforest Alliance, which over the years, have opened international markets with more responsible consumers and have generated more favorable living conditions for the forests of the MBR and the communities that inhabit them.
The Community Forest Concessions (CFC) model of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Petén was born with the Peace Agreements of Guatemala in 1991 with the support of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP). This was a way to guarantee the conservation of forests by promoting the responsible use of wood through sustainable forest management. This illustrates how sustainability is fundamental to who we are and what we do.
To ensure the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental, and economical, and reduce major threats such as forest fires, deforestation, illegal logging, and species trafficking, the community companies that manage the CFCs are governed by forest management plans guaranteeing the natural regeneration of the forest by taking advantage of 1 tree per hectare every 40 years. This way they can identify and take advantage of timber and non-timber resources more sustainably, generating socio-economic benefits for families dependent on forests.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Fair Wood certifications endorse and lend credibility to the strict standards we adhere to in order to reduce the negative impacts of climate change and take advantage of natural resources without compromising the future of our communities, biodiversity, and our forests.
By complying with these standards, it guarantees:
- Sustainable use of forests
- Development for local forest-dependent communities
- A generation of economic opportunities for all
- The conservation of biological, natural, and cultural diversity
- Poverty reduction
- Illegal logging
- Species trafficking
- Forest fire reduction
- Access to sustainable markets
- Fair remuneration