The first achievement obtained is the increase in the number and stability of the staff working in the IBIF. It started with 5 people who worked part time, all of them specialized in a single discipline. Now we have more than 15 people who contribute to the institution with different disciplines. Before we were only forestry ecologists who formed the IBIF, now we have ecologists, biologists, foresters, geographers and communicators.
Another achievement is the update and implementation of our strategic plan. This has clarified what we want to be and the role we have in society and in the forestry sector. Together with the strategic plan, the financial plan and the communication strategy have been prepared. The financial plan helps us to know our financial needs to comply with our strategic plan and the strategies to achieve the financial sustainability of the institution. The communication strategy will help us improve our institutional image at the national level.
Undoubtedly, one of the important achievements is the recognition obtained at the state level. By ministerial resolutions, the state recognizes IBIF as the institution to monitor the forests of forest production in Bolivia (Ministerial Resolution # 138/2005) and to be the scientific authority before the International Convention for the Trade of Species of Plants in Danger (CITES ) (Ministerial Resolution # 167/2005). On the other hand, the IBIF is part of the National Coordinator of Forest Fire Prevention and Control (CONPRECIF). Although the IBIF is a non-governmental organization, the Institute conducts research and activities that contribute to the work carried out by the national state in matters of forest conservation and development.
In terms of research, the IBIF monitors a system of silvicultural plots that are unique in the world due to their size and design, where the impact of forest use under different intensities is measured. At present, the network of permanent plots reaches more than 800 hectares that are located in all forests of forest production, almost annually monitoring more than 165 thousand trees.
In relation to publications, as a result of the work done in the IBIF by researchers and students, more than 60 publications have been published in the 5 years, among books and articles in national and international scientific journals, and technical documents among others. This indicates a production of at least 10 publications per year.
Also, we have had the opportunity to have students and interns from different levels who have done their research jointly with the IBIF. Just to mention in the last 2 years we have had more than 50 students from 7 countries, of which 50% were either Masters or PhD students.
All these achievements have been achieved by the union that exists in the technical and administrative team, for the seriousness and responsibility with which they carry out their work, for the ethics of their professionals, and for respecting and enforcing the results that come out of the investigations and in this way maintaining their impartiality.