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 I like conservation because...that is what we live from, from the forest and everything within it. We want our efforts to be taken into account.

-Doña Norma, Chinantec community leader, San José Chiltepec

What We Do

With the project activities we seek:

Community-led Forest Restoration: The conservation of 6,031 hectares of natural habitat through voluntarily work

Economic Incentives and Capacity Building: The development and anchoring of community capacities in 2 Ejidos to access PES programs and monitor and promote favorable habitat conditions

Healthy Homes and Sustainable Agriculture: The reduction of anthropogenic pressure on forests by implementing sustainable forest management approaches that address local livelihood needs

Environmental Education: An increase in knowledge and appreciation of communal forests, especially among the younger generations.


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Chinantec, Mazatec, Mestizo

Chinantec, Mazatec, Spanish

Sugarcane and pineapple production, fishing


8,527 hectares

Oaxacan montane forests; Petén-Veracruz moist forests

Jaguars, white-tailed deer, gray fox, orchids, and mahogany

Key Facts




The Environmental Fund of the Chinantla Region of Oaxaca (FARCO) facilitates the coordination and cooperation of government, academia, and civil society to further advance the social and environmental development of the region. FARCO works to promote environmental development and conservation through the participation of government, academia, and civil society in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. EcoLogic has partnered with this organization to address the environmental threats that the Oaxaca.

Forests and Biodiversity Conservation in Community-Managed Areas

The history of environmental degradation in La Chinantla began with the construction of the Cerro de Oro Dam in 1989, which flooded 140 square miles of rainforest and displaced 26,000 indigenous Chinantec people. The flooding resulting from the dam caused confusion around property rights and disrupted traditional livelihoods, which led to a significant shift in land use and economic activities in the area. The state of Oaxaca is home to the highest concentration of biodiversity in Mexico. The Chinantla region, which is the northern part of the state, is the third-largest rainforest in Mexico, and is also home to some of the last remaining standing cloud forest in the country.

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