GTF/GIZ report looking into Peruvian associations’ capacities and needs

One of three workshops to analyze organizational capacities

LIMA, 10th NOVEMBER 2017: The Peruvian forestry sector has suffered a severe setback in recent years. Since the intervention and seizure of significant volumes of illegal timber in 2015 and 2016, and the alerts issued in the countries of destination such as the USA, the demand for wood products from Peru has decreased considerably. Thus, not only timber exporters are in a challenging situation, but the entire Peruvian timber industry.

Against this background, a study was commissioned to analyse the current organizational capacities and needs of forest and timber organizations of Peru. The authors focused on organizations that participate in different platforms and levels in the forest policy discourse. More than 40 interviews (20 forest associations, 12 independent forest companies, and 10 public institutions) were conducted in Pucallpa, Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado and Lima. In addition, three workshops were hosted.

The study identifies a number of challenges, which are currently seriously limiting associations’ capacities:

  • limited knowledge about organizational management and limited leadership skills among association leaders;
  • a focus on solving legal problems from a very political viewpoint and not based on technical discussions;
  • little or no differentiated discourse about the technical sector needs;
  • top-down rather than bottom-up agenda setting;
  • a lack of long-term financial planning;
  • and widespread institutional weakness/informality among association.

For more information, please download the study below. It is available in English and Spanish language.