Advancing Peru’s Sustainable Forest Management through Technology

This post originally ran on Peru’s National Forest and Wildlife Service (Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre, SERFOR).

SERFOR’s attached office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) completed the forest management and control mechanisms’ update process to continue advancing toward the development of a technological system, which records the information generated throughout the timber production chain, from its origin in the forest to its commercialization in the market.

The technological component of the Control Module of the National Forest and Wildlife Information System (MC-SNIFFS), is estimated to be up and running in 2021 and will enable forest administration procedures to be more efficient, as well as contribute to prove the legal origin of Peruvian timber in both domestic and international markets.

The use of timber from natural forests in Peru implies the development of seven processes for its forest administration:

  • The management of the areas on which forest titles for timber harvesting can be granted
  • The management and granting of those enabling titles
  • The presentation and approval of the forest management plans that detail how the timber will be used in these forest titles
  • The execution, monitoring, and reporting of the aforementioned plans’ implementation
  • The issuance, registration, and control of forest transportation guides for the harvested timber
  • The registration and management of raw materials in the timber industry
  • The transport management and control for timber commercialization in the market

In this context, and since September 2019, the reviewal sessions, aimed at thoroughly analyzing the MC-SNIFFS processes, have been carried out with authorized representatives from both SERFOR in Lima, Peru, and subnational forest authorities.

Aiming to increase transparency and efficiency of the MC-SNIFFS processes, efforts are underway to put in place an effective and integrated information technology (IT) system. For this reason, SERFOR and subnational forest authorities worked together in updating the mapping and development of the forest administration’s seven processes within the current legal framework, considering the regional context, and striving for forest competitiveness and management improvements. This foundation now enables the construction of the IT system that will service the processes and its subsequent deployment in the timber-producing regions of the Peruvian Amazon.

Guided by this overarching goal, during the reviewal sessions, feedback was collected from the participants and documentation was identified to define IT architecture and development.

In parallel, SERFOR and the subnational forest authorities have been preparing measures and instruments for public investment and administration, as well as the issuance of guidelines and instruments for forest and industry stewardship, which will help strengthen the enabling conditions for the full implementation and nationwide scaling of the MC-SNIFFS.

Next Steps

During May and June of 2020, the review of these processes were carried out with additional forest authorities’ representatives (Loreto, Ucayali, Madre de Dios, and other Amazonian regions), and an articulated proposal between SERFOR and its subnational peers resulted from these efforts.

The U.S. Agency for International Development Pro-Bosques Activity continues providing technical assistance to Peruvian forest authorities in this long-term commitment to improve the competitiveness, sustainability, inclusion, and legality of the forest sector. The joint work being spearheaded by SERFOR, alongside subnational authorities toward MC-SNIFFS implementation, will enable forest administration procedures to become more efficient and guarantee the legal origin and traceability of Peruvian timber products marketed in both domestic and international markets.

Additionally, achieving effective implementation of this system will contribute to public and private efforts in the sustainable management of Amazon forests and strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the timber value chain, which is key for the Peruvian Amazon economy.



SERFOR is the Peruvian public agency responsible for providing technical and regulatory guidelines to manage and promote the sustainability and competitiveness of the forest and wildlife sector in a coordinated manner, for the benefit of the population and the environment.

SERFOR is responsible for designing and administering the future MC-SNIFFS, in accordance with the Forestry and Wildlife Law and its regulations, Legislative Decrees 1220 and 1319, and SERFOR Executive Directorate Resolution 104-2017.