Mexico

Mexico loses about 180,000 hectares of forest each year to deforestation.

Why restore in Mexico?

Forest restoration in Mexico is crucial for:

1. Ecosystem and Biodiversity: Trees support a wide range of species, aiding in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem balance.

2. Climate Change Mitigation: Forests absorb carbon dioxide, reducing soil erosion and the impacts of climate change.

3. Conservation of Unique Species: Regions like Veracruz are biodiversity hotspots with unique flora and fauna, needing protection from high deforestation rates.

4. Community Involvement: Involving local communities in restoration, especially women, helps preserve traditional knowledge and supports local livelihoods, while combating climate change.

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How we started

Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Puebla, among Mexico's poorest states, are rich in Indigenous culture and traditions but face high poverty rates, with 69.5% of families living in impoverished conditions. These communities often face marginalization in broader Mexican society. Our partner, Planta Mi Árbol, supports these regions by helping Indigenous farmers restore their land, reducing the need for poverty-driven migration. This involves promoting regenerative agriculture and leveraging local Indigenous crop cultivation knowledge. The initiative enables healthier diets, improved access to education, healthcare, and financial stability through savings groups. Regular workshops across these regions help spread knowledge and foster community collaboration.

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Where we're working

Our partner, Planta Mi Árbol, operates in Oaxaca, Puebla, and Chiapas, regions characterized by significant marginalization and a high concentration of indigenous communities. These states are also notable for their exceptional biodiversity, housing some of the most endangered habitats globally.

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Our progress to date

Our partner actively involves 459 families, impacting a total of 1871 people.