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A Forests Project

Scolel Te Forests, Mexico

Offset Price: $14.50 per Ton
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Region: Chiapas and Oaxaca, Southern Mexico
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Meaning "the tree that grows", Scolel Te enables over 2000 families of indigenous Mayan and mestizo farmers in Southern Mexico to make a modest income by preserving local forests, and find sources of income which allow them to sustainably use their land. The farmers are establishing tree plantations on land previously used as pasture, growing timber and fruit interspersed with corn and coffee crops, and restoring degraded forest land to return it to a healthy habitat for wildlife and a valuable watershed to prevent erosion.

Each farmer draws up his or her own work plan - called a "Plan Vivo" - which is unique to their land and its conditions. The plan describes what areas will be restored, what types of trees will be planted, and what the environmental benefits will be. Farmers begin the projects without any financial aid, with technical support from local nonprofit organization Ambio. Once established, financing is available and the projects are monitored for efficacy.

Without financial support for these sustainable efforts, desperation for food and necessities will lead the residents to sell off the land for cattle grazing or large-scale intensive farming.

Project Updates

  1. Fuel efficient stoves and member training update

    The Scolel Te group has begun to establish communal tree nurseries to enable reforestation efforts, as well as created a pilot project to distribute fuel efficient stoves which would further protect the trees in the region, and improve the health and daily activities of its members. Scolel Te has also trained its members on how to inventory their forests more accurately, how to compost and use vermiculture, and on seed collection.

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  1. posted on 08.17.10

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Discuss This

  1. posted on 08.17.10

    Let's go green. For the sake of the world young generations.

  2. posted on 04.28.10

    That's a nice move to support go green.

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