Research and policy around community forest concessions in Peten: Progress, lessons and pending challenges

07 - 08 Sep 2017, Hotel Casona del Lago, Calle Litoral, Santa Elena

In 1990, the Guatemalan State established the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), the largest protected area in the country. About forty percent of the MBR was established as a Multiple Use Zone (MUZ) to promote sustainable activities.  In this area, the Guatemalan government legalized a formal concession system granting community-based organizations 25-year concession contracts.  To date, this system of community concessions represents about 10 per cent of the country’s total forest cover, including national parks

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with Bioversity International and the Asociation of forestry communities of Peten (ACOFOP) will convene a two days event to discuss the experience of community forestry in Peten, promote policy dialogue between researchers and local stakeholders and discuss evidence from research and mechanisms that inform policy discussions.

Over 30 researchers, practitioners and policy makers will share latest research and discuss key lessons learned and identify research gaps and action points, with a view to informing discussions about concession renewal in Peten.


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Septiembre 7, Día 1

8:30 am. Presentación del Taller – discusión de objetivos y agenda

8:45 am Introducción de participantes
9:00 – 9:45 am. Conferencia Inaugural
9:45 – 10:30am. Panel. (CONAP, ACOFOP)

12:00 pm. 1:30 pm. Panel 1: Aspectos socioeconómicos

2:30 – 4:00 pm. Panel 2: Aspectos Ambientales de las concesiones


Septiembre 8, Día 2

9:00 am – 10:30 am. Panel 4.  Financiamiento sostenible y Mercados: empresas forestales comunitarias, acceso y desarrollo de mercados, sostenimiento de las empresas forestales comunitarias.

10:45 – 12:30 am. Panel 5. Concesiones forestales comunitarias y política pública

12:30 – 2:00 pm – Almuerzo

2:00 – 3:30 pm. Panel 6. Universidades nacionales y la investigación sobre concesiones forestales


  • Implicaciones a nivel de investigación
  • Implicaciones a nivel de movimiento forestal comunitario
  • Implicaciones a nivel de política pública