Bolivia (Part II: Management for sustainable forestry in other tropical countries)

M. Peña-Claros, R. Guzman, M. Dockry

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Bolivia started to implement the Forestry Law (# 1700) in 1996. Since then the Bolivian forestry sector has changed significantly from an unplanned and exploitative logging regime to an organized system based on reduced impact logging techniques and management plans elaborated by trained forestry technicians and professionals. It has also expanded access to forest harvesting by allowing rural and indigenous communities the right to manage forest resources along with private companies. The law also provided a suite of technical tools to ensure the sustainable use of the forest resource. The 1996 forestry law and its implementation has resulted in a diversification of species being used for timber production, an increase in the amount of finished forest product exports, and improvements towards forest sustainability. This latter aspect is most evident in the approximately two million hectares of tropical forests that have been certified as sustainably managed under the Principles and Criteria defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (Certificación Forestal Voluntaria 2008). Despite Bolivia’s status as a sustainable forestry leader, there are political, socioeconomic, and ecological challenges to sustainable forest management. Most of these challenges have their origins outside the forestry sector and are related to the development vision being used in the country. These limitations are of concern to the sustainability of Bolivia’s forestry sector and their recognition is important in order to be able to mitigate their effects in the future. The rest of this chapter will expand upon the successes and challenges to sustainable forest management in Bolivia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Management of Tropical Rainforests - The CELOS Management System
EditorsM.J.A. Werger
Place of PublicationParamaribo
Number of pages282
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameTropenbos Series
PublisherTropenbos International, Paramaribo, Suriname


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