Forestal Naj-Ché

Forestal Naj-Ché
Flores, Petén - Guatemala

The project Forestal Naj-Ché was founded as a major contribution to the creation and development of a sustainable forest industry from private and communal owned secondary or degraded forests in the department of “El Petén” in Guatemala, as a mechanism to ensure their long-term preservation.

The project aims to increase the forests’ financial and socio-economic / environmental value through the practice of active forest management and the generation of added value to their timber products that facilitate the creation of a profitable economic activity in such a way that the owners of these forests can obtain tangible benefits and indirectly motivate long term conservation of forests.

To this end, Naj-Ché has formulated an ambitious target to incorporate into sustainable forest management a total of 10000 hectares of secondary or degraded forests of the Petén area in Guatemala up to 2027. The plan is to harvest as an average a volume of 8,200 m3 per year in areas of average annual use of 1,000 ha, with a utilization rate of 8.2 m3 / ha.  From the harvested wood, 67% of this volume corresponds to hard and semi-hard woods, 17% to fine woods and 15% to soft woods.

In forests with a greater presence of commercial-sized trees In sufficient quantity, they will be mainly harvested in the first Years of The project. Where future commercial potential is identified, silvicultural activities will be promoted in the first Years and the harvest will be planned for the final years of intervention, according to the period indicated above.

To reach this objective, the project assists private owners in the management of their secondary or degraded forests, with viable productive potential to be harvested in the project cycle, which is 10 years, and also considering “Enrichment” processes and natural regeneration of highly commercial species and silvicultural treatments that favour the growth of these species (Mahogany, Cedar, Rosul, Manchiche, Santa María, among others) will be implemented.