Foresters trained in tree identification by using an electronic identification key of Amazon Timber Species -as part of a strategic plan for the forest sector

Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana, December 2, 2016

In an effort to improve the capacity of the forest sector, fifteen (15) staff within the Guyana Forestry Commission recently participated in a two day training workshop on 24 -25 November, on tree identification. This tree identification workshop was unique because the technique img_0844involved in identifying the trees was an Electronic Identification Key which allowed participants to determine the tree species by selecting the botanical component, DNA barcodes and wood anatomy features.

A practical exercise to demonstrate the methods to obtain wood samples was conducted. The workshop concluded with an analysis of the experience of using the key and making recommendations to improve the tool and promote its use in Amazon countries.

The Environment Coordinator of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) Mrs. Theresa Castillion-Elder, expressed appreciation to the Guyana Forestry Commission for its support to the organization for the training workshop, the trainers from the SINCHI Institute of Colombia and the Forest Product Laboratory from Brazil. She also expressed appreciation to the Amazon Regional Program (BMZ / DGIS / GIZ) for its support.

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