Rural producers promote alternatives to forest management in Argentina

Excessive logging, overgrazing, and deforestation for agricultural expansion have been affecting many rural argentine communities living in forested areas, including indigenous people.

In order to reverse this trend, farmers groups are receiving technical and financial support to carry out forestry projects linked to sustainable silviculture, timber production and marketing , the management of products such as honey, seeds and fruits, and biodiversity conservation.

This initiative is part of two projects aimed at achieving sustainable management of productive forestry landscapes, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and supported by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility.

The selected 133 projects are developed in areas prioritized by their environmental and productive characteristics, such as the Mesopotamian area, the delta of the Parana River, the Northwest region (Salta, Jujuy and Tucuman), the Chaco (Chaco, Santiago del Estero and Formosa) and the Patagonia. In total, 3,200 small and medium producers will benefit.

A nursery to enrich the forest

In Misiones, improving  forest quality and meeting  community’s needs also go hand in hand. In this case, the Union of Cooperative Work, Production and Services (UmisCoop) will work with 10 families in the Mbya Guaraní Perutí Village, of the municipality of El Alcazar.

“The goal is to install a nursery to produce seedlings of native trees, fruit trees and medicinal plants, orchids and bamboo , which serve to enrich the forest and for the supply of the community,” says Ramon Zaldívar, technical manager of the project.

Currently, the lack of raw materials is affecting one of its main economic activities, the production of basketry and wood crafts, which used tacuaras, tacuarembó, tacuaruzú, Guembé tacuapí and roots.

“Another problem is the lack of firewood, so we will create an artificial forest with eucalyptus that will be positive for the conservation of the neighboring forest,” says Zaldivar.

Source | World Bank