Workshop in Calakmul
Mexico is the 5th megadiverse country in the world, but also one with the highest rates of deforestation and biodiversity loss due to unsustainable megaprojects and political interests. Thanks to your contribution we continue to empower people locally so they can become environmental defenders that possess the tools to access information, participate and access justice in environmental matters.
Specifically, we want to mention the workshops that we have conducted to strengthen the capacities of more than 300 partners, allies and environmental defenders in Mexico, providing them with tools regarding the implementation of the Escazu Agreement in Mexico, which is the first International binding Treaty to include specific dispositions about environmental human rights.
We have also brought together the knowledge of indigenous communities in Mexico and Latin America, as well as academics and researchers in order to discuss if our legal system helps or hinders the achievement of the constitutional Pluricultural State. We have produced different materials for the communities, also available through our social media and CEMDA’s Website.
One of the achievements that fills us most with pride is having nominated Mayan environmental defender Leydy Pech for the Goldman Prize, considered the Nobel Prize for environmental defenders. Leydy has defended the Mayan jungle and the bees against the planting of transgenic soybeans for decades, and was awarded the Goldman Prize on behalf and in recognition of the work of her entire community.
Leydy Pech Goldman Prize Winner
Altar to the dead, Mexico pluricultural State
Workshop session in Puebla
Workshop Veracruz Mexico