Community Foresters Unite to Save Biodiversity Hotspot
Part II: New mining, timbering threaten Indigenous forestry in Oaxaca's Chimalapas reserve
As part of Mexico’s world-renowned community forestry model for sustainability, the example of the Chimalapas shines. It has produced important results in conservation of a natural biosphere considered one of the most important lungs of Mexico.
Chimalapas: Building community to save a forest
Part I: Indigenous villages in Oaxaca join forces in border conflict zone
Their footprints mark the trails beneath the pines, oaks and oyamels. Once a week, 10 men walk through here with machetes on their shoulders, flashlights and jute bags of food, to defend a piece of the 594,000-hectare communal forest that makes up the Chimalapas. They are young people who inherited the management of this woodland, […]
Turning trash into groceries in Oaxaca
Mexican student's innovative plastic waste initiative cleans up rural town
A “pet” is a PET-type plastic bottle. Its worth is equivalent to about a penny, and gathering together several of them you can purchase some basic food items through a project developed by a university student and implemented by his local government.
The Water Sowers of Oaxaca
Zapotecs of the Ocotlán Valley wage a groundbreaking battle for the defense of the aquifers
San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Oaxaca, Mexico — Twelve years ago in the verdant Ocotlán Valley of Mexico, a group of men and women of Zapotec origin watched as their crops of vegetables and flowers began to wither away. A long drought seemed destined to turn their fertile valley into a desert area. But through a […]