For more than 25 years, FUNDECOR has offered technical assistance and advice on forestry best practices to family-owned forests and agroforestry producers of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. The organization promotes sustainable forest managment. Also based on forest science, FUNDECOR designs techniques for planning and implementation that minimize impacts on biodiversity and develops instruments that complement sustainable forest management.

Best practices for

property owners 

In 1997 the organization earned the very first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation in Latin America for forestry best practices for small and medium-sized property owners within the Green Umbrella program . The FSC works globally on forest management issues and improving the quality of life for people who depend on forests. They do this through flora and fauna conservation on over 190 million ha located in about 80 countries.

  • Contributes to resource conservation.

  • Seeks to establish relationships between forest owners and responsible timber consumers committed to social and environmental ends.

  • Reconciles timber use and forest conservation while improving the wellbeing of people who take care and depend on those same forests.

  • Promotes synergy that closes a virtuous cycle that benefits both people and environment.


The complete circle


Is not just about tracing timber from harvest to market; above all it creates conditions for conservation and use through the integration of science and technology in service of forests and people.

For this reason, each piece of timber passes through three phases managed with the expert advice of FUNDECOR.


  • Respect for the social and labor rights of family-owned forests and the workers during sustainable forest management planning

  • Harvest rates for each species ensures a healthy population.

  • Tag as commercially prohibited those trees in danger of extinction or with low population density or in areas protected due to hydrological or topographical criteria

  • Clear property tenancy

  • Development of a forest topographical map (contour lines, water distribution system) for planning and impact reduction from roads and harvesting

  • Georeferenced census of all trees with a diameter greater than 50 cm

  • Only harvest those forests that surpass this indicators: abundance of pioneer species, quantity of trees by species and size.

  • Training workers and farm staff

During harvest

  • Respect for the social and labor rights of workers involved in the harvest

  • Technical assistance (periodic field visits) by a forest regent during harvest

  • Coordination between National Sistem of Conservation Areas (Environment and Energy Ministry) to support, value, and adjust management plan

  • Use of personal safety equipment

  • Verify that machinery is in good working order to reduce risk of accidents and soil or water contamination

  • Only harvest those trees authorized by Environment and Energy Ministry (MINAE) and tagged by the forest regent

  • Use cutting techniques that reduce damage to other trees or the site’s natural regeneration

  • Before cutting a tree, verify that there are no animals that could be affected

  • Constant harvest monitoring: document volume of extracted timber, timber at the mill, and timber taken to the mill.

  • Closure of harvest lanes and roadways to avoid future trespass

Post harvest

  • Impact assessment: areas impacted by roads and fallen trees to maintain forest integrity

  • Prevent cows and horses from entering the forest to protect soils and regeneration

  • Biodiversity monitoring as forest health indicator: mammals with camera traps, rodents as bioindicators, forest mass and regeneration (permanent measurement plots).

  • Environmental Services Payments management

  • Annual audits by the forest regent and/or MINAE, National Forest Financing Fund (FONAFIFO), others.

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Pedro Zúñiga 

Coordinator of Strategic Programs

Ronald Alvarado

Centro Corporativo El Tobogán, Piso n°10. San José, Costa Rica.

Teléfono: (506) 2290 8818

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