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Oaxaca Reforestation Project

OVERVIEW

The Oaxaca reforestation project is a grassroots, community-based endeavor rooted in the Tequio concept*, led by Neftalí Duran’s family and wider community. The Mixteca region, like much of the state of Oaxaca, has seen its natural habitats damaged by overharvesting and the need for fuel for the last few hundred years. Many thousands of hectares of the rich, biodiverse forests of Oaxaca have been stripped completely of their trees. This project seeks to empower the community to work together in planting trees for the common good and the future of the region.

Climate change is one of the most urgent and disastrous crises facing humanity. Oaxaca, as the birthplace of agriculture in North America, is central to our shared history. It is imperative that we act together on behalf of future generations to restore and preserve the beauty and resources this region offers.

Mexico as a whole is a megadiverse country, with over 5,000 species found nowhere else. Oaxaca is also part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, meaning that it is highly biodiverse; but that biodiversity is under severe threat. Preserving and restoring the diversity of Oaxacan ecosystems is also essential given the huge diversity of useful plants in the region. Mexico is the homeland of many of the world’s most important crops, and hundreds of other useful species grow wild and in traditional farms and gardens.

HOW

Miguel Angel Lopez Duran will be leading a community crew in planning, procuring and planting trees at the beginning of the rainy season (typically April/May, as early as March). The saplings will be procured by the local leadership via state programs, and we will fundraise to provide payment for community members to be involved in this project.

PRIMARY GOAL

This project will begin with the planting of 16,000 trees and will provide temporary employment for up to 12 local workers. We will hold ourselves accountable through a community meeting and audit at the end of the first season to discuss the success of the project and improvements for the following year.

NEED AND FUNDING

This project will require a collective toolshed and library, funds to pay and provide food and water to workers, two gas operated augers, and transportation costs. We will operate as a fiscally sponsored project by Tiny Seed Project and funding will come from grassroots sources such as fundraisers, individual donations, and mini grants. The project will cost approximately $7,000 USD for the first year. DONATE

* Tequio concept — every person has a civic duty to contribute to the vitality of the community as directed by its elected leaders.