Protected areas

Better Alliances, Better Forests

Reforestamos Mexico
Published: 14 November 2015
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Summary

Reforestamos México developed a solution that allows Natural Protected Areas (NPAs) located near big cities to become a center point that brings alliances, hands and financial resources together in order to plant trees in degraded forests, improve the livelihood of local communities and increase forest awareness among urban people, which derives in better private and public political will to develop initiatives for the benefit of protected and unprotected forests.

Classifications

Region
North America
Ecosystem
Forest ecosystems
Temperate deciduous forest
Theme
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Indigenous people
Protected area management planning
Other theme
Sustainable Livelihoods, Sustainable Resource Management, Watersheds
Scale of implementation
National

Location

Mexico

Challenges

increase forest awareness among urban people and protection of forests near big cities

Beneficiaries

Local communities

How do the building blocks interact?

The union of the four building blocks is achieved through the creation of strategic alliances with various actors involved and/or influencing forests, allowing us to development the necessary actions to achieve sustainability.

Impacts

This program has generated: a) better relationships among actors; b) an increase in private sector investment in forest activities and volunteer participation -151 companies-. The reforestation events tripled in 4 years. We have organized 214 reforestation events gathering 36,737 employees; c) a more sensitive participation of trained young leaders in urban areas; 120 leaders in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Queretaro and Monterrey. Some of them have developed entrepreneurial activities associated with the cause; d) local community employment and sustainable productive projects with entrepreneurial approach to contribute to eradicate poverty in forest communities; e) 814 hectares reforested; f) an increase by 20% to 80% in the percentage of survived trees due to community involvement; g) a stronger ability to influence public policy; h) alliances with local governments in Jalisco, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato and Yucatan, to promote positive and sustainable forest management; i) a legal timber program is being developed with the state of Jalisco in order to avoid purchasing illegal timber as a pilot to replicate nationally.

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Contributed by

Ana Dominguez

Reforestamos Mexico, A.C

Contributors

Reforestamos Mexico, A.C
Reforestamos Mexico, A.C