[New article] Learning from Strengthening Production Chains in Andean Forest Landscapes

Highlighting successful strategies for sustainable forest management, responding to climate change adaptation and mitigation, in order to make communities more resilient and benefit from the good use of resources

Colombia- Antioquia – Biodiversity
Nicolas Villaume

The National Strategy on Forests and Climate Change (ENBCC) (MINAM 2016), approved by DS No. 007-2016-MINAM, based on Peru’s international commitments and National Determined Contribution (NDC) established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other instruments, promotes increased investment in production chains in forest landscapes (inside and outside forests) that is ecologically sustainable and involves inclusive and competitive business models, and enhances forest ecosystem goods and services value chains, connected to the value-added industry and markets that reward sustainability.

The strategy also promotes rural producer partnerships, to strengthen value chains in equal conditions and with a focus on productive inclusion.

It also actively fosters initiatives based on public policies that integrate public and private financing tools with business commitments to conserve forests and develop productive chains that do not degrade these ecosystems.

Most countries in the Andean Region are doing the same. The Andean Forest Programme (AFP) uses successful strategies for sustainable forest management for climate change adaptation and mitigation, so that communities become more resilient to this scourge while benefiting from the good use of resources. It strengthens production chains of natural products from Andean forest landscapes in sustainable management schemes, in order for local communities to obtain economic benefits.

In order to disseminate the achievements and lessons learned from strengthening the production chains that it supports, the AFP has summarised the methodological approaches of various production chains implemented in Andean forest landscapes, which improve resilience to climate change, contrasted with other projects in the Andean region.

The AFP systematised and evaluated different methodologies of local practices for strengthening production chains in Andean forest landscapes, contrasting them with other organizations’ projects in the same region. It analysed the lessons learned and barriers encountered and the projects’ capacity to contribute directly to climate change adaptation and/or mitigation and to economic and social benefits. This article presents the results of the synthesis.

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About Andean Forests (Bosques Andinos)

The Andean Forests Programme (AFP) operates in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile, and works with strategic public and private partners in each country. It combines expertise and practical knowledge and applies regional and international standards and contributes to and builds on the successful experiences of specialists in international forest and climate change agendas. The AFP is an initiative implemented in the Andean countries, is part of Swiss Cooperation’s Global Programme on Climate Change and Environment, and is facilitated by the HELVETAS Peru consortium (Condesan).

For further information:
Bosques Andinos, fact sheet, Embassy of Switzerland/Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Web Bosques Andinos
Platform Andean Forests


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