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23 November 2010

Community Forestry Steps Into the International Spotlight

The New York Times reports on the success of community forestry in Mexico, an innovative approach supported by the Ford Foundation that puts control of forests into the hands of rural and indigenous communities and aids job creation. With one-fifth of all greenhouse gases coming from deforestation, community forestry is quickly emerging as a powerful tool to address climate change in countries throughout the world.

Published in The New York Times

Growing a Forest, and Harvesting Jobs

November 22, 2010 By Elisabeth Malkin

IXTLÁN de JUÁREZ, Mexico — As an unforgiving midday sun bore down on the pine-forested mountains here, a half-dozen men perched across a steep hillside wrestled back mounds of weeds to uncover wisps of knee-high seedlings.

Freeing the tiny pines that were planted last year is only one step of many the town takes to nurture the trees until they grow tall, ready for harvesting in half a century. But the people of Ixtlán take the long view.

“We’re the owners of this land and we have tried to conserve this forest for our children, for our descendants,” Alejandro Vargas said, leaning on his machete as he took a break. “Because we have lived from this for many years.”

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