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Forests for our Shared Future

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Tropical forests are under pressure! The consequences of inaction are dire for climate change, the livelihoods of local communities, and biodiversity. Conserving standing forests and restoring degraded areas has never been more important. The invaluable role that indigenous communities play as guardians of the world’s forests has also been increasingly recognized and brought to the forefront. This is precisely the intersection at which EcoLogic’s work has unfolded for 26 years and why your support at this moment is so crucial.

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Conservation and Capacity Building in Action: Tropical Forest Transects in Oaxaca, Mexico

Guest post by Alisa White.

There was a palpable excitement in the air as our group reached the field site. Our group included almost twenty Rancho Faisán community members, EcoLogic staff members Severiana Dominguez and Marco Acevedo, researcher Marc Mayes of the University of California Santa Barbara, and myself. We gathered around an enormous ojoche tree, fondly called “Pochota” by community members. Our chatter, a mix of Spanish and Chinanteco, the local language, rang out through the primary forest surrounding us. One community member, Valentín, explained that the Pochota tree must be at least two hundred years old. His grandfather first told him about this tree, this particular spot on the cerro. We marveled at how its enormous roots stretched up from the ground over our heads, its thick trunk extended higher and higher, its broad canopy vaulted over the other trees and out of sight.

Read more about Alisa’s experience in Oaxaca.

Climate Change Threatens Sustainable Agroforestry in Central America

From left to right: EcoLogic Ixcán Field Technician Elmer Urizar; Jorge Luis López; EcoLogc Guatemala Program Officer Mario Ardany de Leon.

From left to right: EcoLogic Ixcán Field Technician Elmer Urizar; Jorge Luis López; EcoLogic Guatemala Program Officer Mario Ardany de Leon.

In Jorge Luis López’s community of San Juan Ixcán, Guatemala, agroforestry systems introduced by EcoLogic Development Fund are helping local farmers to improve their crop yields without damaging the environment.

“Thanks to EcoLogic, I’ve had the opportunity to learn new farming practices—how to establish nurseries, plant grafting, proper crop spacing, species diversification, and more. After three years, I have already planted four parcels of land that now produce corn, cacao, and cardamom.”

A new report published by the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) suggests that many tropical tree species including Inga are likely to suffer as a result of climate change over the coming decades. The report, which can be viewed online, shows large swaths of Mexico and Central America becoming unsuitable habitat for Inga; and other trees as rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and other climate-related stress factors constrain trees’ ability to grow in the region.

Read more about EcoLogic’s work on agroforestry and climate change.

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Transplanting an inga tree seedling into a corn field to transition to agroforestry.

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