In general, AFE/COHDEFOR has not given adequate support to the Social
Forestry System. Incentives do not exist for the cooperatives that operate within the law.
In reality, cooperatives are penalized by following the law through increased expenses
and bureaucratic red tape. FEHCAFOR and other concerned organizations need to
convey this to the AFE/COHDEFOR and the government in the hope that inefficiencies
can be reduced or eliminated.
There is not enough dialogue and sharing between cooperatives. Given their
dispersed locations cooperative members have always worked and lived alone in their
communities. The experiences presented in this study teach valuable things, but they
represent only the tip of the iceberg. If active agroforestry cooperatives were to talk to
and rely on each other more, they could work more effectively. Increased interaction
would also create a stronger sense of unity between the groups, which is important for