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Programs

IFT cultivates values such as:

Transparency. Seeking excellence in the use and management of any resources used in its actions, disseminating and making the results public so that the lessons learned are available to the entire society.

Sustainability. Promoting good forest management practices seeking continuous improvement of the ecological, economic and social sustainability, in order to encourage the multiple use of forest products and services.

Innovation and inclusion Continuously seeking alternatives that can meet the challenges of conservation and forest use with the least complexity possible, disseminating the lessons and information in an accessible manner to workers and producers in the Amazon.

Dynamism. Expressing concern with the challenges related to good use of the Amazon forests that are still unresolved by adapting new systems and technologies, and promoting studies and research applied to existing issues.

Ethics and Justice. Defending the principle that the benefits of forest exploitation and conservation responsibilities must be shared, fairly and proportionally, by the entire society, with the aim of promoting greater social well-being.

By observing these values, IFT fulfills this mission through four programs geared at:

Promoting the benefits of multiple-use forest management with the producers of different sizes, scales, cultures and technologies;

Disseminating to different audiences the principles of forest conservation that allow for good forest management, regardless of the resources and the equipment available in each case;

Replicating techniques, information, knowledge and lessons learned that can be crucial in the implementation, planning, choices, discussions or thoughts on the possibilities of forest use and conservation by public and private enterprises of different scales and natures;

Multiplying knowledge, information, practices or principles for everyone interested in themes related to the multiple use of natural Amazon forests through forest management replicators.

Programs 

IFT is dedicated to the following programs:

• Qualification and Training – Intended for qualifying and training different stakeholders in the forest sector (ranging from chainsaw operators to managers) in the planning, implementation and dissemination of good practices for managing tropical forests.

• Forestry Extension – Seeks to “demystify” forest management by showing the different players the social, economic and environmental benefits of the activity.

• Applied Research – Aims to improve forest management practices by adapting forest management to technical and technological advances, but without losing sight of environmental conservation.

• Community and Family Forest Management – Seeks to support and assist small-scale forest producers and communities in their production choices either directly or indirectly related to the use and conservation of forests.

• Qualification and Training Program – The main program of IFT, enables professionals and forest workers to implement the good practices of forest management through practical courses. The target audience for said training course includes workers in the timber harvesting industry such as chainsaw operators and machine operators, medium-level technicians, engineers and decision makers. The Qualification and Training Program of IFT was developed to incorporate the lessons learned from research and testing conducted by the institution and the traditional, empirical knowledge of its instructors and collaborators. In 2014, this program completed 18 years of existence, having trained over 6,000 professionals.

• Forestry Extension Program – An experiment conducted in forest areas of IFT in 1996 showed that forest management practices, in addition to bringing about greater ecological and social benefits, including a 50% reduction in the damage caused to the forest, produced timber at a cost 12% lower than the timber produced through conventional practices. Still today, the vast majority of companies use conventional practices often due to lack of knowledge of the benefits of forest management. This way, the Forestry Extension Program of IFT aims to hold events and lectures on forest management to raise the awareness of businessmen, community leaders, small producers, journalists, consumers, students, researchers, teachers/professors, workers, amongst others.

• Applied Forestry Research Program – IFT has conducted scientific research to improve forest management using its own team or in cooperation with universities and research institutions. Said studies are important to prove the economic viability of forest management – against the predatory models of forest use in the region –, to determine the ecological impacts of the harvesting of sensitive species and the future growth of the forest, in addition to investigating the possible advances and technical enhancements to make forest management continuously more profitable for the entrepreneur. At the same time, the research seeks to demonstrate how the environmental services provided by the forests are maintained with forest management.

• Community and Family Forest Management Program – It is the latest program of IFT, which uses other programs and is designed for traditional populations and small-scale forest producers in the Amazon. The goal of this program is to support, teach and assist small-scale forest producers and communities in their production choices either directly or indirectly related to the use and conservation of forests. By that, IFT seeks to support the development and improvement of community and family forest management models in public forests such as Sustainable Use Conservation Units, environmentally differentiated settlements in the Amazon region.