Mexico’s forest peoples have a unique connection to the land and are proving to be effective forest monitors. For them to play a central role in the country’s new National forest monitoring system, however, their role needs to be better defined.
Manuel Arana explains forest monitoring technology to students. (Photo: Carlos Herrera)
By Felicia Line, CarbonPlus Field Coordinator
We were in the Mexican state of Campeche, doing a field practice with members of a community brigade as they used different instruments to measure forest biomass, when Manuel Arana, the lead technician, pointed out an innocuous-looking tree.
“Careful of that tree,” he warned. “That’s the Bad Prince—or Chechen in Maya—and it has a spore that will give you an itchy rash if you touch it.”
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EcoLogic staff took part in a “rally” with the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) in Spain, sharing insight about managing conservation projects with organizations from as far afield as Tanzania and Australia.
Participants from around the world gathered at the Conservation Coaches Network Rally September 29–October 1, 2015 in Spain. Photo: Felix P. Cybulla, CCNet.
What do you get when almost 150 conservation-obsessed people from 33 countries around the globe—including three EcoLogic representatives from three countries—converge on rural Spain? Aside from splendid food, landscapes, and cultural heritage of Món Sant Benet and Barcelona, you get the power of connections and ideas to improve the practice of conservation. Especially when the vast majority of attendees are conservation coaches with a penchant for motivational talks, top notch facilitation, and expertise in the practical matters of helping teams and organizations gain ground in conservation efforts, sometimes against all odds.
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EcoLogic’s annual benefit on October 1 was a great success!
Eight of our ten expert facilitators at our annual benefit on October 1.
On October 1, EcoLogic hosted 80 guests at the historic Commander’s Mansion in Watertown for our annual fall benefit, titled Turning the Tables: Nurturing Resilience. The goals of the event were to spark interesting discussions about environmental topics between our friends and supporters, and to raise $25,000 for our work in Mesoamerica. We are proud to have met and exceeded both of these goals—thanks to your help!
The charming Ray Brown of WGBH’s “Talkin’ Birds” entertained the crowd as our MC for the evening, and EcoLogic Board Member Mark Spranca spoke about why EcoLogic’s projects in Central America and Mexico are important to the people of Boston and of the world.
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