Support to Uruguay to promote sustainable certification of native forests

Montevideo, 18 May 2023. The AL-INVEST Verde programme, as a part of the AL-INVEST Verde Component 2 has begun providing technical assistance to the Directorate General of Forestry (DGF) of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries of Uruguay to promote a public certification system to guarantee the sustainable management of native forests. In this way, it hopes to help the preservation of forests and boost territorial economic development.

Currently, Uruguay's native forests are home to a high percentage of flora and fauna, as well as providing timber and non-timber products. However, they are facing degradation factors caused by agricultural expansion and the proliferation of invasive alien species.

The technical assistance provided by AL-INVEST Verde through IDAF (Centro de Investigaciones Aplicadas al Desarrollo Agroforestal), aims to assist the biodiversity conservation y ensuring sustainable and responsible resource extraction processes. To this end, we will collaborate with the DGF, which is responsible for the conservation of the native forest in Uruguay.

Diagnosis and study

Within the framework of the technical assistance, a diagnosis of the coastal zone of Uruguay and the characterisation of territorial actors and production value chains agro-exports. In addition, the following will be studied certification experiences and incentive schemes in both Latin America and the European Union and will be organized multi-stakeholder workshops to share good practices and exchange ideas in the territories.

The information obtained from the previous actions will be used to define a proposal for a certification and incentive scheme for the agro-export value chains identified in the coastal zone, as well as the roadmap for their implementation in the country (structure, functioning and accreditation).

*Photo. Mai Rodriguez, Unsplash.

About AL-INVEST Verde

AL-INVEST Verde is a European Union (EU) programme whose main objective is to promote sustainable growth and job creation in Latin America by supporting the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and more circular economy. Through Component 2, led by FIIAPP in consortium with IILA, the programme provides assistance for strengthening public policy and multi-stakeholder dialogues on sustainable agricultural and value chains, environmental and labour standards, as well as sustainable trade and economic policy and regulatory frameworks.

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