A maior madeireira certificada no Brasil demonstra manejo florestal

The IFT training center has been designated by the Brazilian Forest Service as a “center of excellence” in forest management and receives substantial in-kind support from Cikel, Caterpillar and Stihl.

IFT director Johan C. Zweede, USAID LAC Bureau Environment Team Leader, Anne Dix and USAID/Brazil GDO Eric Stoner discuss reduced impact forest management practices

PARAGOMINAS – On October 30, following the Annual Environment Program in Belem, Anne Dix, LAC Bureau Environment Team Leader, Ilya Fischhoff, Climate Change Team, EGAT, and representatives of the USAID/Brazil Mission Environment Team, General Development Officer Eric Stoner and Program Officer Mark Mitchell, took part in a visit to the Forest Management Training Center, operated by USAID partner – the Tropical Forest Institute (IFT), on the property of Cikel, the largest Forest Stewardship Council certified timber operation in Brazil.

The Center, located in southern Para, has been in existence since 1995 and teaches reduced impact forest management practices to forest professionals and enforcement officials. During their visit, they observed US Forest Service trainer Gordon Keller conducting classes on road making and erosion control for a group of forestry professors from around Brazil.

In addition to training, IFT also conducts research on different aspects of tropical forest management and the visit included several stops at sites where research on reforestation techniques and specific species regeneration was being conducted.

The IFT training center has been designated by the Brazilian Forest Service as a “center of excellence” in forest management and receives substantial in-kind support from Cikel, Caterpillar and Stihl.

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