Collaborator of Fundación Paraguaya took part in international training
As a response to the current environmental situation, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) launched an online training program, with an international certification given by the Forest Training Institute of the Korea Forest Service (KFS), with the main objective of transferring knowledge on Agroforestry, Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Conservation to Paraguayan professionals in the area.
A total of 21 professionals belonging to public and private institutions participated in the training, among them, the collaborator of the Fundacion Paraguaya and technician of the Stoplight Initiative, Zulema Solís; other organizations with representatives were INFONA, Fundacion Paraguaya (Cerrito Stoplight Initiative), Asociación Pro Cordillera San Rafael (PRO COSARA), Red Forestal Paraguay SA, Paraguayan Institute of Agrarian Technology, Paraguayan Organization for Conservation and Sustainable Development (OPADES, for its acronym in Spanish), Fundación Moisés Bertoni , all benefited from the scholarship program in a competitive selection process.
The Paraguayan fellows took part in the program from November 9 to 13 of 2020, together with professionals from 3 Latin American countries (Peru, Colombia and Bolivia); the program began in 2019 in a face-to-face mode, benefiting 5 Paraguayan professionals who traveled to Korea to attend the course. This year due to the current health situation, the training was carried out entirely online, and by 2021, it is expected to be able to carry out the last module of the program in the face-to-face mode again.
“I am grateful for this training opportunity that promotes the development of sustainable forest management and forest conservation projects,” said Zulema, who is also an Environmental Engineer. Because of the worldwide forest crisis due to climate change, forest fires and forest destruction, KFS ‘technical knowledge of cutting-edge forest management and fire prevention systems, and Korean experience of successful reforestation in record time, are a true model to be followed internationally.