As of this month the ICC is officially a member of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), which promotes cooperation in research related to forests and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic, and social aspects of forests and trees.
Also known for being the global voice of forest science, IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-discriminatory organization established in 1892 in Vienna, Austria, which brings together 650 member organizations in more than 120 countries, representing more than 15,000 scientists.
Alex Guerra, General Director of the ICC, indicated that being part of this organization is important to strengthen the ICC and to obtain more opportunities to disseminate all the work being done in Guatemala and El Salvador, in addition to benefiting from the knowledge and funding opportunities that exist through this international union.
The ICC, in accordance with the mission of this international organization, seeks to join efforts not only to promote research and knowledge sharing, but also to develop science-based solutions for the benefit of forests and people around the world.
“Forests are a very important element in the fight against climate change, both in terms of carbon storage and in regulating the water cycle; they have a fundamental role in adapting to climate change. Due to the importance of forests, strengthening this work and being able to have an international scope is something very significant for us”, added Alex Guerra.
ICC is the second Guatemalan institution to become member of this international network. Currently, ICC together with IUFRO and the National Forest Institute (INAB), is working on the GLFx South Coast of Guatemala chapter initiative, which is a platform of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) that promotes forest landscape restoration at an international level.