Sustainable Forest Management

Sustainable Forest Management

Sustainable forest management can be defined as "the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, capacity for regeneration, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems" (Ministerial Conference of Helsinki, 1993).

Several of the elements involved in this form of management have begun to be supported by new technologies. These new tools are characterized by greater efficiency and accuracy, a better cost/benefit ratio and a decrease in environmental and social costs; these tools, therefore, support the implementation of sustainable management models in forest areas.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), in conjunction with remote sensing, provide operational tools for inventory, management and forestry certification. Additionally, they will provide an element of strategic interest given the new policies that will shortly take effect in the secotr requiring more information in both the public and private sctors.

Using the most advanced techniques and methods in forest management, Grupo Tecopy offers its customers the following high-quality services:

  • Annual monitoring of the occurence and severity of fires at the regional or national level.
  • Identifcation of the level of risk of fire, natural as well as anthropic, that an area is subject to. Analysis of the efficiency of fire prevention policies.
  • Proposals for management and prevention.
  • Support in designing and implementing Forest Management Plans.
  • Evaluation of level of recovery in affected areas over a given period of time, or to the contrary, the progression and the effects of degradation.

A clear example of forest management can be seen in the Inforest I and Inforest II projects.