Forest loss and degradation are major contributors to global climate change, constituting the second largest source of anthropogenic CO2 emissions after fossil fuel combustion.
Within the Sierra Cojolita Community Reserve in Chiapas, Mexico, there is great interest amongst communities to protect forests and improve livelihoods via integration into emerging carbon markets; however, a lack of technical capacity, collaboration, and financing holds them back.
To address the drivers of deforestation in the project area, the project team will work to establish clear property boundaries, provide training in intensified grazing with leguminous crops, and build local farmers’ capacity to maintain traditional, low-impact activities and implement new sustainable forms of agriculture.
All training will be conducted via a combination of workshops, in situ demonstration work, and accompaniment. The target audience of Mayan communities as well as other local stakeholders will collaborate with EcoLogic personnel, partners, and additional facilitators to apply learning and share it with neighbors and peers. The project team will provide additional accompaniment and will monitor the implementation.