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Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Country-led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

31 August - 3 September 2010 | Oaxaca, Mexico

On Wednesday, Workshop participants had the opportunity to take part in one of four field trips around Oaxaca, showcasing sustainable forest management linked to community enterprises and a diversified use of natural resources. Participants visited communities running enterprises such as ecotourism, handicraft-making, a tree nursery, timber milling, and water bottling.
In the evening, WWF hosted a side event describing REDD+ related activities in Mexico.

Participants at the pine resin plant of Santa Catarina Ixtepeji
Daily web coverage
31 Aug.- 1 Sep .- 2 Sep.- 3 Sep.
Group 1: Santa Catarina Ixtepeji

In this field trip, participants visited a processing plant for pine resin collected from surrounding forests, a plant bottling water from the community watershed, and an ecotourism enterprise, all owned and run by community members of Santa Catarina Ixtepeji. The trip included a presentation on the community’s management and commercialization of timber, wood handicrafts, ornamental plants, and trout farming. Participants were told about the environmental benefits and local employment generated by these enterprises.

 
Participants viewing the pine resin purification process.
 
Firewood used to power the pine resin processing plant.
Participants in the nearby forest.
 
The community-owned water bottling plant.
Cleaning the bottles.
The end product.
Group 2: Ixtlán de Juárez

One group visited a community managed forest enterprise in Ixtlán de Juárez. The group received a tour of a tree nursery capable of producing 500,000 seedlings, and a community-owned furniture-making factory, which produces Forest Stewardship Council certified products. In the afternoon, at an ecotourism center managed by the community, local officials described and presented films on the creation and governance of the community business.

 
 
Local officials from Ixtlán de Juárez welcome the workshop participants.
Logs harvested from the community forest of Ixtlán de Juárez.
Logs entering the wood processing facility to be cut into planks.
Planks being processed inside the community-owned furniture factory.
Boards ready to be made into furniture inside the factory.
Group 3: Capulálpam de Méndez

A group went to Capulálpam de Méndez, which was officially designated as "Pueblo Mágico" (magical town) in February 2008. They visited the local community forest enterprise, as well as a local plant bottling water, Anda Gagüi. The group then visited the beautiful community S. XVII church and attended a concert by the local children’s choir.

 
View of Capulálpam de Méndez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Group 4: San Antonio Arrazola
In San Antonio Arrazola Xoxocotlán, a group visited the civil association, Ecoalebrijes, which produces brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantasy creatures called "alebrijes." In the past, the massive production of alebrijes caused serious deforestation in the area. Currently, the initiative promotes the use of sustainably managed wood, as well as reforestation. The group contributed to the initiative by planting trees. Afterwards, participants visited the ruins of Monte Albán, situated next to the reforestation area.
 
Showcasing the alebrijes figurines.
 
 
 
 
Painting the alebrijes.
The ruins at Monte Alban, the ancient capital of the Zapoteca people.
 
 
A participant plants a tree.
 
 
Cocktail and Presentation hosted by WWF

In the evening, WWF organized a cocktail party and presentation to discuss activities related to the national REDD+ strategy in Mexico. Speakers from WWF, the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), the Mexican Civil Council for Sustainable Silviculture (CCMSS) and a representative of the British Embassy in Mexico highlighted a working group that has set up a dialogue between civil society and the government, facilitated by CONAFOR. They underscored civil society’s participation in the design of the national REDD+ strategy, and drew attention to a website set up as a space for exchange of ideas and experiences to complement the dialogue (http://reddmexico.ning.com/).

 
 
The dais during the presentation
Snapshots
 
The IISD Reporting Services team: Matt Sommerville, United States, Angeles Estrada, Argentina, Reem Hajjar, Lebanon/Canada and Eugenia Recio, Argentina
Related Links
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) resources
*Workshop web site
*Workshop agenda

General resources
*UNFCCC REDD Platform
*The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
*FAO Forestry
*UNFF
*The Collaborative Partnership on Forests

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