Activities were launched on 26 September with a press breakfast attended by local media. As well as discussing the uses of certified wood in sustainable construction projects in Peru , the breakfast provided an opportunity to hear from Sumac , a company implementing the US Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification scheme in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as the NGO TECHO, which works to tackle poverty in urban slums, and the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Other organizations offering presentations on the potential and impact of FSC certification included the Peru Green Building Council, AkzoNobel Argentina, Woodmark, Tetra Pak®, the World Wildlife Foundation, Silcosil, Grupo Bozovich and Peru Green Designs.
Workshop participants later visited CITEmadera, a technological timber innovation center. Executive Director Jessica Moscoso explained CITEmadera’s current projects, and participants toured the facilities, learning more about on-site activities. They then traveled to Pamplona Alta, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Lima where TECHO is building emergency housing. They joined FSC staff, TECHO volunteers and community members to help paint some of the houses built by TECHO.
In the evening, participants were joined at the CASACOR gallery by NGO and government representatives, including the Vice Minister for Agricultural Policy, to view an exhibition which brought together the most prestigious artists, architects, designers and decorators in the country. Here, FSC launched its ‘Under the Tree’ space. This installation links wood as a resource, represented by a ficus tree more than a hundred years old, and wood as a product, represented by a wooden platform consisting of concentric circles mirroring the growth rings of the tree.
The event was covered in major national newspapers in Peru such as El Peruano and El Comercio.