Boost for Forestry Sector in Panama

The Government and the private sector have signed an agreement to promote commercial reforestation, restoration of forest-culture and sustainable forest management.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In order to promote the commercial development of forestry and plant a million hectares in twenty years and fulfill the goal of the National Forestry Plan, an agreement between forestry companies and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture has been signed.

"...According to data from Ancon in Panama, more than 65% of natural forest area has been lost, an area which to date has not been able to control deforestation rates which are over 20,000 hectares a year."

Capital.com.pa noticed that "...In the past 20 years, after the creation of the law on incentives for reforestation, 540,000 hectares of forest have been lost and it is estimated that the amount of degraded land adds up cumulatively to 2 million hectares. Up until 2009 barely 75,000 hectares has been generated, corresponding to only 14% of what was destroyed. "



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Projections for the Forestry Trade

February 2018

Representatives of the union in Nicaragua announced that this year they plan to plant between 1,200 and 1,500 hectares, which will be added to the 28,000 already planted in recent years.

In relation to the plans for this year, Salvador Mayorga Sacasa, president of the National Reforestation Association, informed Elnuevodiario.com.ni that " ..." this year we expect to increase by between 1,200 and 1,500 hectares. It's a small amount, really, because the country could grow in this sector much more.'"

Panama: Incentives for Reforestation

February 2017

A bill put forward by the executive branch proposes tax breaks and direct non-refundable financing for implementing restoration or reforestation plans.

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

The Cabinet has endorsed a bill that aims to encourage increased forest cover and promote conservation of natural forests in the country, through the promotion of activities inherent and necessary for efficient management of the forest.

Ban on Pine Harvesting Suspended in Nicaragua

October 2014

Through a decree the Ortega government has authorized the lifting for one year of the ban on harvesting, utilization and marketing of wood from pine trees in the country.

The ban was implemented ten years ago with the enactment of a law for both wood and pine trees as well as cedar, mahogany and kapok kapok, species for which the ban still applies.

Forest Concessions Grow in Guatemala

August 2011

The size of areas granted as forest concessions to communities, mainly in the northern Peten zone, rose from 510,000 hectares in 2007 to 680,000 in 2011.

In the area, seventy-two companies certified by Rainforest Alliance, predict that they will generate exports worth $9 million in 2011, said Jose Roman, regional manager for the Central America and Caribbean ‘Trees’ Program by Rainforest Alliance.

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