Objective: To promote, within Central America, national and regional strategies and procedures for the sustainable management of forests, including the establishment of a homogenous soil classification and the recovery of deforested areas.
Summary of provisions: This Convention reaffirms the sovereign right of the Parties to use, manage and develop their forests in accordance with their own policies and regulations (art. 1). Moreover, Parties undertake to adopt policies for the sustainable development of forest resources (art. 3). They agree to implement financial and related measures, including mechanisms to ensure the local investment of income generated by the forest resource, the promotion of financial arrangements for concerned local groups, and the establishment of mechanisms to prevent the illegal traffic of' flora and fauna species (art. 4). Parties are to promote the participation of all interested local parties in the planning, implementation and evaluation of national policy related to the Convention (art. 5). Finally, they agree to take measures to strengthen forestry management institutions and laws at the national level, including sectoral and inter-sectoral co-ordinating mechanisms to ensure sustainable development, the adoption of national Tropical Forestry Action Plans, the creation of environmental attorney general's office, and mandatory environmental impact assessments (art. 6).
Institutional mechanisms: The Central American Commission on Environment and Development undertakes to establish a Central American Council on Forests, which together with other relevant bodies of the Parties is to be responsible for the implementation of the Convention (art. 7).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)