The Rainforest Alliance is working to ensure that Mexico, one of the most biologically diverse nations, maintains healthy forests that provide income to local people, and habitat to wildlife.
Comprised of five different ecosystems, ten percent of the planet's total land species, and over 700 different reptile species, Mexico is a bastion of biodiversity. As part of a concerted effort by the Rainforest Alliance and others, sustainable management of Mexico's forests has increased in acreage from 288,996 acres in 1998 to 1,269,163 in 2002. The demand from local people wanting technical assistance and access to US markets now outweighs our ability to help!
To provide technical assistance and training to local land managers to teach sustainable timber harvesting. It will engage landowners in Durango, Mexico and connect them with wood buyers in the US.
The goal is to ensure the long term health of the forest and the livelihoods of those depending on them.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
World Wildlife Fund
Forest Stewardship Council