Native Forestry Protection Standards

In November 2007 Law Nº 26331 was passed with the aim to establish minimum protection standards for the enrichment, protection, improvement and sustainable promotion of native forests, including not only the primary source forests, whose creation was natural, but also the secondary source forests, that were artificially created, after a deforestation or a restoration.

In order to achieve those aims, the law provides a period of one year after its enactment for every jurisdiction to establish a territorial organization of native forests by classifying them into different categories of preservation, Category Nº 1 being areas of a high value of preservation that should not be altered, Category Nº 2 areas of a medium value of preservation but that according to the authority may increase their value, and forests of Category Nº 3, the ones with the lowest value of preservation that may be modified.

Deforestation may not be carried out on forests of Categories Nº 1 and 2. Those categories of forests can only be sustainably promoted and, in the same way as the deforestation of third category forests, require an authorization of the local authority based on the previous filing of an operating plan and an environmental impact assessment.

The failure to comply with these measures could lead to fines of $ 300 to $ 10,000 and/or the withdrawal of the authorization.

For further information on this topic please contact María Morena Del Río