The cooperation agreement between the University of Helsinki and CONAFOR was signed on 25 May 2015. Signing on behalf of the University of Helsinki, Rector Jukka Kola and on behalf of CONAFOR, Director General Jorge Rescala Perez. Witnessing Presidents Sauli Niinistö of Finland and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. See the 23 min. video of the signing ceremony here.
The Finnish cooperation with Mexico in the forestry sector started almost 50 years ago and it is now being revitalizd. Prof. Markku Kanninen from VITRI met the Director General of CONAFOR Mr. Jorge Rescala Pérez in Guadalajara on May 20, 2015 to complete the final details of a new cooperation agreement. Two more VITRI members will join the group and visit ejidos in the State of Oaxaca and continue with the work Finnish researchers started almost five decades ago.