Forest Certification (2006-2008)
Out of the total certified hectares, 132,118 belong to 4 native communities that are linked with Forestal Venao; the native communities, El Dorado and Flor de Shengari, with 49,265 hectares, were incorporated during September 2008. Although the forestry certification audit was also positive for the Santa Rosa and Nueva Victoria communities (with a total of 28,320 hectares), Forestal Venao decided to postpone their incorporation for next year. The remaining 114,018 hectares belong to 7 communities certified under AIDER and MAPESA, the first certified concession in Peru. The certification process with these two began two years before PRA started working on forestry certification activities.
One of the most important achievements of the forestry component is related to the sustainability of the certifications. This is supported by the fact that the second annual audits were positive for 8 native communities: 2 under Forestal Venao and 6 under AIDER‘s regency (5 were connected with A&A for the commercialization of their certified wood). Also, PRA facilitated the cooperation between A&A and the 5 native communities of Pichis.
Based on this experience, it is possible to conclude that a reasonable timeframe to obtain the forestry certification in a concession/native community arrangement is 3 years. The results achieved basically correspond to native communities where some preliminary technical work had begun before PRA‘s assistance. Nevertheless, PRA also achieved important results with clients that did not receive any type of support before.