Guatemalan forest expert to speak on resource management plans

Apoliniario Cordova of a Guatemalan organization called The Association of Forest Communities in the Petén which has implemented a successful natural resources management plan will speak at California State University, Stanislaus on Thursday, April 24.

The program sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Science's Council for Sustainable Futures is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the University's South Dining Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Cordova will talk about the successful land use negotiations with the Guatemalan government that gave local communities there the right to have managed access to the forests. Until recently the Guatemalan government policy strictly enforced conservation of forests within the Maya Biosphere Reserve and denied local communities access to the forests they had relied on in the past. His presentation will focus on the development of community forest management plans that led to sustainable development in the region and the challenges posed in conserving the forests.

Cordova's organization works directly with communities, conducting training in community development and forest management that allow for sustainable use of the resources.

The College of Humanities and Social Science, Council for Sustainable Futures, is devoted to teaching, outreach, and research sustainability. Cordova's lecture is part of the Campus and Sustainability Program funded by a grant through the CSU Stanislaus Office of the Provost and Office of International Education through the U.S. Department of Education's Global Learning in the Colleges Project.