Legality and competitiveness in the forest sectorare the discussion topics in Quito, Ecuador.

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CARDER with the Forest Governance Positioning Project in Colombia PPGFC is attending the event as a special guest. 

"Governance, Systems Verification of Legality and the Forest Sector Competitiveness in Latin America" is the forum currently taking place in Quito, Ecuador. The Forest Governance Positioning Project in Colombia PPGFC led by the Regional environmental Authority of Risaralda CARDER is a participant of the event that started on September 30th and is expected to end on October 3rd.

Moreover, the event attended by CARDER, Corantioquia, Corpocaldas, Corponor and, Corpourabá pretends to promote the exchange of experiences among countries of the region, in order to share lessons learned and consequently take decisions that will strengthen institutions and business agreements to enable  an equitable development of forestry.

Juan Manuel Álvarez, General Director of CARDER,  along with Rubén Darío Moreno Orjuela, PPFG Director, who has exchanged experiences with forest institutions in Latin America and, the Ministry of environment and Sustainable Development MADS (for its initials in Spanish) in Colombia, presented to all the representatives of 10 Latin American countries, the progress of this project in Colombia. The PPGF is funded by the European Union and led by CARDER, in association with 11environmental Authorities of the country.

In fact, the Latin American countries supported by the European Union, gathered in Quito Ecuador to work on some guidelines to formalize a global trade in legal timber, in order to involve nations around the world to combat the illegal logging.

Besides that, they planned concrete actions to preserve the forests: “lungs of the planet”.

Juan Manuel Álvarez Villegas, CARDER´s Director, affirmed that during the event the oriented actions of forestry preservation realized by the institution were recognized as a world model given the inclusion of afro-Colombians and indigenous communities.

However, Rubén Darío Moreno Orjuela, PPGF director, concluded that Legalityand competitiveness in the forest sector are very important but not enough to guarantee its sustainability.

The Forest Governance Positioning Project is funded by the European Union and led by CARDER, in association with Corantioquia, Corpocaldas, CRC, Codechocó, Corponariño, Corponor, CRQ, Cortolima, Corpourabá, CVC, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Asocars and Aldea Global.