Noticia | 12/02/2018
The Forestry and Wildlife Resources Oversight Agency (Osinfor) has initiated the process of adopting international management standards, with the support of German development cooperation, implemented by GIZ, through its Pro-Environment II program. Osinfor expects to obtain such certifications by the end of the year, said the executive president (e) of this institution, Máximo Salazar Rojas.
These qualifications will allow Osinfor to accredit international standards in the management tasks of forest resources supervision (ISO 9001) and in the reliability of the information it generates (ISO 27001). In this way, Osinfor would become the first public institution in the forestry sector to acquire such certifications.
In the event of the launching of the accreditation process, carried out on February 7, Máximo Salazar said that in order to prevent the illegal logging and trade of timber, the necessary information and supervision are necessary. "The availability and richness of forest resources in our country is enormous." However, we need to continue strengthening the State's response to preserve them, "he said.
The ISO certifications will help generate much more confidence in the information that the institution produces and publishes through its SIGOsfc (General Information System of Osinfor) and Sisfor (Geographical Information System of Forest and Wildlife Supervision) platforms, which contribute to the legal timber trade by indicating which management plans represented unacceptable, important, moderate or non-existent risk for the legal trade in timber forest resources. These platforms are consulted by national and foreign users to make decisions, whether they are controllers or private actors that make investments in the forestry sector.
It is worth mentioning that the supervision reports prepared by the institution are its main instrument to contribute to legal timber trade. With the reports that the supervisors elaborate in the field, Osinfor can audit, impose sanctions when appropriate, apply corrective measures or file cases in which there are no irregularities. Likewise, the control authorities (such as the Specialized Public Prosecutor's Office for Environmental Matters-FEMA, SUNAT, regional governments, among others) can act within the scope of their competencies, while forest users can improve their forest management.