Developing competences in the Peruvian Forestry and Woodworking sector

Project

Gruppenfoto nach Workshop bei dem peruanischen Projektpartner CITEmadera in Lima (c) Volker Haag
(© Volker Haag)

Developing competences in the Peruvian Forestry and Woodworking sector

A large part of Peru east of the Andes is tropical forest area which  is partly over-utilised,  partly has degraded soil after agricultural utilisation or is untouched or under-utilised. Despite enormous wood resources, Peru imports most of its timber demand. Export is focussed on high density parquet wood species.  The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Thuenen Institute of Wood Research support the local institutions CITEmadera and CITEforestal in the formation of experts for the Peruvian forestry and woodworking sector.

Background and Objective

Aim of the project is the formation of specialists and experts for the Peruvian forestry sector having in view the sustainable exploitation of the Peruvian wood resources. Basic knowledge needed for a sustainable utilization of lesser known underutilized species, instead of the currently overutilized high density species for flooring applications, shall be provided. Peruvian experts shall be assisted in gaining access to international networks.

Target Group

Peruvian forestry and woodworking sector

Approach

Organisation of workshops, seminars, conferences as well as provision of support in setting up and carrying out capacity building measures for the Peruvian forestry and wood sector.

Data and Methods

Seminars implemented to date:

  1. "Wood Identification - basics and practical exercises" in Lima and Pucallpa
  • Macroscopic examination of samples of different wood species; training in the use of the identifaction tool WoodID
  • Instructor: Volker Haag
  1. "Seminar on drying quality specification of sawn timber products and Energy management - How to prevent energy loss in the wood industry " in Lima and Pucallpa
  • Theory for the correct drying of wood as well as the effective saving of energy during work processes
  • Instructor: Dr. Johannes Welling
  1. "Material testing on modern testing machines" in the Thuenen Institute of Wood Research in Hamburg
  • Get acquainted with different methods of testing wood properties 
  • Training in the use of modern testing machines
  • Instructor: Dr. Johannes Welling
  1. "Kiln operator course - How to optimize the drying schedules" in Lima and Pucallpa
  • Practical operation of kilns to optimize the wood drying process
  • Instructor: Dr. Johannes Welling
  1. "3D and SEM/TEM microscopy and How to establish a species identification key" in the Thuenen Institute of Wood Research in Hamburg
  • Microscopic examination of wood samples from Peru and development of an identification key with the obtained results
  • Instructor: Volker Haag

Upcoming seminars/events:

  1. “Backstopping-Seminars” in Lima and Pucallpa
  • German technical seminar backstopping of scientific and technical Peruvian staff while they give seminars about the topics of the seminars previously given by the German experts (topics 1.,2. and 4.)
  • Backstopping by Dr. Johannes Welling and Volker Haag
  1. “Evaluation of the possibility of introducing a competence center for wood identification in Peru including isotope analysis” & “Possible introduction of control mechanisms in the Peruvian timber trade and the possible role of CITEmadera” in the Thuenen Institute of Wood Research in Hamburg and other German institutes and companies
  • Small-Group talks with different departments of the Thuenen Institute
  • Visiting companies working with wood to get to know quality control mechanisms
  1. “Species Identification of paper and wood-based panels” in the Thuenen Institute of Wood Research in Hamburg
  • Intensive course about analysis of fibers and different microscopy technics
  • Leading persons: Dr. Gerald Koch, Volker Haag, Dr. Andrea Olbrich

 

Our Research Questions

How can we support the Peruvian forestry and wood sector regarding a sustainable utilisation of its national wood resources?

Preliminary Results

After two succesful years it was decided to prolong the project for another year and the topics 6.-8. (see Data and Methods) were added to the agenda.

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Funding Body

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    (national, öffentlich)