Actions for Citizen Empowerment in Mexico City
17 agosto, 2023
By the Innovation Team at Reforestamos Mexico
Reforestamos Mexico promotes and works towards the improvement of urban forestry in Mexican cities, addressing various scenarios where responsibilities for care, budgets, and spaces are variable, resulting in unclear and complex situations. Mexico City is no exception. Faced with this scenario, organizations, neighborhood groups, or citizens actively participate in observing, caring for, and tending to the trees in their surroundings.
Therefore, Reforestamos Mexico has initiated several projects to ensure that citizens who take voluntary actions for urban forestry in their environments do so appropriately and informedly. Often, individuals take actions intuitively or without sufficient information, which
can sometimes harm the trees and the natural environment. The aim is to prevent the replication of techniques and practices that are depleting the city of its trees.
One of the initial actions taken is the webinar series “Urban Forestry and Sustainability.” It consists of live online sessions covering topics such as arborist practices, the diversity of palms in Mexico City, City Forest: reducing green inequalities, and Chaponeros: reclaiming green areas in the east of Mexico City. In total, there have been 14 sessions in which experts, representatives of neighborhood organizations, and other groups share their experiences and recommendations for the proper care of urban forestry.
Additionally, in collaboration with the Benito Juarez Borough, three tree workshops were conducted for children as part of the summer courses held at the Modern Culture Houses, Gaby Brimmer Cultural House, and Alamos Postal Cultural House. The workshops involved hands-on activities and environmental education to introduce children to the topics of caring for urban trees and the importance of native species. A series of illustrations of leaves from trees native to Mexico and neighboring countries were created, includ ing tepozán, ahuejote, guayaba, aile, oak, guayacán, manitas, flor de mayo, retama, among others.
Another action being taken is the training workshops for neighborhood groups or the general public to learn about appropriate techniques for caring for urban trees. The workshop topics scheduled for the upcoming months of September, October, and November include regulations related to urban forestry, common tree pests and diseases, identification of highrisk trees, proper pruning and felling, and pollinator gardens.
With these workshops, the goal is to make citizens vigilant about the techniques and practices being employed. Priority is given to groups of neighbors, residents, housing unit associations, and the general public is invited to join sessions with other neighborhood groups in the same Borough. To register your neighborhood group or volunteer: bit.ly/TreeWorkshopsCDMX
Finally, the 2nd Citizen Meeting for Urban Forestry is being promoted, intending to create a citizen network where other projects are known, and experiences (both positive and negative) regarding tree care in Mexico City and the Valley of Mexico are exchanged. This meeting will take place on September 9, 2023, and thematic workshops on tree identification, nature photography, seed collection, among others, will be conducted during the event. If you are interested in participating in this meeting, register at the following link: https://bit.ly/2ndUrbanForestryMeetingCDMX