Clean Production Agreement recovered almost four thousand hectares of native forest with sustainable forest management

In a ceremony at the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve, the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency certified 12 properties, including an area in the Reserve itself, of the second Clean Production Agreement (APL) “Sustainable Management Mediterranean Native Forest Region of Valparaíso”, which added a total of 3,990 hectares of recovered forest with sustainable forest management.

Seeking to extend the recovery, conservation and improvement of the quality and quantity of environmental services to a larger forest area in the region, in this APL the “Ordination by Conversion” model was used, obtained in the work started in 2016 with the first pilot APL that allowed the incorporation of Forest Management plans, under the concept of sustained yield in 2,900 hectares of public and private property.

The Environment Minister, Hernán Ramírez, said that “as a Government we are interested in promoting and supporting these initiatives that go hand in hand with the commitment to fair socio-environmental recovery, which we seek to advance to face climate change.”

This public-private collaborative work is contributing to the country’s commitments in its latest Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), by avoiding 4,900 tons/year of CO2 equivalent due to degradation and deforestation.

“This certification that distinguishes many landowners who have implemented forest management management plans is very relevant, since we are replicating this initiative in other regions of the country, which aims to comply with different commitments that our country has acquired at an international level. ”, highlighted Sebastián Carvallo, executive director of the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency.

For his part, the regional director of Conaf Valparaíso, Luis Correa, also valued the public-private agreement, since “it is very important because it establishes certain standards and, in a certain way, it is a pilot plan to be applied in other regions of the country. our country. In addition, we are very happy because the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve was part of the group of owners that undertook the APL and we were able to show that we can value the native sclerophyllous forest and take advantage of it with sustainable management.”

Among the main results of the APL, the creation of permanent demonstration pilot areas in the PMOF-approved properties and the training of 38 forestry professionals and four forestry operators in the preparation and implementation of these plans stand out, in order to promote and install capacities for the adequate management of the Mediterranean forest.

Carlos Saavedra, representative of the Consortium of companies made up of Sociedad Agrícola La Señora; Agricultural Las Petras; Agricultural Society, Comercial Los Tilos; and the Boldos de Tapihue, pointed out that with the sustainable management plan “what we seek is to generate an order to rescue the forest, have knowledge and see the possibility of making a policy over time that is sustainable, so that the owners of these native forests do not look for the alternative of eliminating them but, on the contrary, take care of them to protect the environment”.

Another positive of the APL is that savings in public spending of around US$4.3 million over 10 years for fighting fires are seen, due to the reduction of risk conditions for forest fires, due to the implementation of fuel cut systems. , reduction of fuel within the forest and greater vigilance.

Within this framework, more than 60 permanent jobs were created and the associativity of eight native forest owners was promoted, for the creation of a new cooperative that allows promoting this collaborative work in the recovery of the forests of the associates, for the which have applied to the SERCOTEC Cooperative Strengthening Program.

Forest Management

In Chile, the National Climate Change Strategy formulated in 2016 proposes Forest Management, a tool created in Europe to manage forests, as a solution to the second cause of forest degradation.

Forest Management has its first official appearance in Chile in Law 20,283 of the year 2009, but it has never been implemented due to the lack of knowledge of its application and integration of the management of the model in the public sector, and mainly, due to the disarticulation of the products that come from forest management, that is, they do not have explored and established markets to encourage the implementation of the model.