The Highlands of Chiapas are a region rich in unique wildlife, but also one of high poverty and marginalization. Land use change, illegal logging and urbanization are causing the loss of forest and consequently the loss of water for human populations. We will grow and replant native trees to recover lost forests and wildlife habitat. By directly involving local communities, from the very young to respected elders, building understanding and commitment at the personal level to the native forests.
50% of the Highlands' forests have been lost due to urban growth, illegal logging, and unsustainable management. This has caused sediment deposition, desiccation, and ecosystem transformation and increasing water scarcity. Globally endangered birds such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Bearded-Screech-Owl are at risk.
With direct participation of indigenous communities, we will plant 100,000 trees of more than 10 native species for each of 3 years. We will establish 3 community nurseries; we will reforest with the participation of 10 indigenous communities each year; we will monitor the survival of plants and the presence of birds in the region to show their permanence; and we will contribute to the capture of carbon that affects the climate so much today.
By recovering the forests, we will safeguard wildlife species habitat and water for human communities. Planting native species restores the forest's ability to provide ecosystem services, including water, fuel, lumber, recreation sites, protection against landslides, and of course, the sacred, medicinal, and edible plants that are part of a healthy forest. By involving youth from local indigenous communities, we foster pride and long-term commitment as they see "their tree" grow.