Reforestamos Achievements 2019
19 diciembre, 2019
By: Reforestamos México
At Reforestamos México, we kickstarted 2020 with great momentum, and we want to share our 11 significant achievements from 2019: the recognitions received, highlighted initiatives, annual contests, work with the private sector for more and better forests, and collaboration with international organizations, among others.
Innovation in Transparency Award
Reforestamos México, along with the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA) and Cartocrítica, secured the second place in the Civil Society Organizations category of the 2019 Innovation in Transparency Award. This award is organized by the Federal Audit Office (ASF), the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information, and Data Protection (INAI), the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Ministry of Public Service (SFP).
The recognized project was “Open Forests: Strengthening Transparency in the Forest Sector,” aiming to empower civil society through enhanced transparency and access to information. This was achieved through a geostatistical analysis of public data and the legal, political, and institutional framework, enabling the visualization of public forest information through a website: www.bosquesabiertos.org.mx.
For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2Q3vpS8
We launched the second edition of Los Bóscares, this time in collaboration with the Biodiversity Finance Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (Biofin- UNDP), the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), and the Faculty of Social Responsibility (CLARES) of Anáhuac University. The initiative evaluated 120 projects and recognized the eight most outstanding business actions for Mexican forests in 2018.
The recognized business actions for Los Bóscares 2019 were: Volaris for Communication for Forests; Bio Pappel for Promoting Forest Culture; Telmex-TELCEL-WWF Foundation Alliance for Promoting Forest Entrepreneurship; HSBC for Urban Forests; CEMEX for Forest Conservation; Neek’Capital for Contribution to Forest Restoration; MASISA for Promoting Sustainable Forest Management, and Grupo Bimbo, Nestlé México, and Oleofinos shared the distinction in the Supply Chains with Zero Deforestation category.
Through this initiative, we aim to promote and recognize the transparency of private sector information regarding its relationship with forests, as well as to showcase and position the best business practices in favor of Mexico’s forest ecosystems.
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Tree Cities of The World
In May 2019, we signed a collaboration agreement with the international organization Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) to promote the Tree Cities of The World initiative nationally and in Latin America. This initiative is a collaboration between ADF and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Tree Cities of The World initiative aims to promote good municipal practices in urban tree management worldwide. Eight Mexican localities have applied to date: Toluca, Guadalajara, Cuajimalpa, Mérida, Sahuayo, San Miguel de Allende, Cuernavaca, and Tijuana. Reforestamos works directly with four of them: Toluca, Cuajimalpa, Guadalajara, and Sahuayo.
Mejores Alianzas, Mejores Bosques (MAMB)
Mejores Alianzas, Mejores Bosques (MAMB) is an initiative of Reforestamos México that involves young people, communities, government, academia, and the private sector to promote the restoration and connectivity of natural areas near cities, ensuring the supply of ecosystem services to the population. In 2019, MAMB mobilized 17,779 volunteers and had a positive impact on 132 hectares of forest. Over the past nine years, a total of 228 companies have participated in MAMB, engaging in maintenance, restoration, and conservation activities covering 11,000 hectares of forests and jungles in the country, with the participation of over 115,000 volunteers.
The Biocultural Corridor of Central-Western Mexico (COBIOCOM) is a unique national strategy aiming for the connectivity and sustainable management of 15 million hectares in eight states of the country. In 2019, an agreement was signed between the states of Aguascalientes, Colima, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, San Luis Potosí, and Zacatecas to conserve biological connectivity and priority ecosystems in the area. Reforestamos, a member of COBIOCOM, will provide operational coordination services. This initiative contributes to the local, economic, and social development of 3,688 ejidos and is expected to have a positive impact on 18,734 localities, benefiting 6,188,789 people in the eight federal entities.
In addition to the Framework Collaboration Agreement among members, Reforestamos has signed two more collaboration agreements: one with the Board of Trustees of the Colima Volcano and another with the Intermunicipal Board JICOSUR.
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In July 2019, the Union for Forest and Agricultural Development of the Valley of Mexico (UDEFAM) was established, a forest company composed of 12 communities and ejidos located in areas neighboring the Izta-Popo National Park. The community enterprise will drive productive projects contributing to the sustainable development of around 32,000 hectares for the benefit of more than 3,000 families. Reforestamos has provided training on topics such as social empowerment through local governance, business development, ecotourism, legal and fiscal advice, as well as international certification of forest management and chain of custody under the international standard of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®).
With the support of the German Cooperation Agency for Development (GIZ) and the Municipal Planning Institute (IMPLAN) of Morelia, we developed a Guide for Involvement of Actors in Territorial Planning Processes with Citizen Participation. This initiative aimed to promote governance and territorial management in watershed management in Morelia, Michoacán. One of the main actions in 2019 was the construction of a local governance platform involving academia, civil society, ejidos, the private sector, and municipal and state governments for the development of the Action Plan for the Microbasin of Río Chiquito.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2tARhNh
Internationalization of the Young Forest Entrepreneur Contest
Young Forest Entrepreneur is a program by Reforestamos that seeks to recognize the best entrepreneurial ideas focused on forest conservation. The sixth edition included, for the first time, contests in Peru and Guatemala. The Mexican finalists were Tlantli, Agromaver, Crayobambu, Yoyotli, Tablas Deportivas, and Wood Block; the System for Forest Registration was a finalist for Guatemala; Gaia Essences and Aromas and Biopanel were finalists for Ecuador; Yerbilex for Paraguay; Plastic Quer and Oak Infusion for Colombia, and Forplant for Peru. The winner was the social entrepreneurship Gaia, Essences, and
Aromas from students at the Technical University of the North in Quito, Ecuador. In six years, Young Forest Entrepreneur has visited 65 universities, trained 6,956 students and 69 teachers. The program has seen participation from entrepreneurial projects from 11 countries: Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile, and Costa Rica. The call for Young Forest Entrepreneur 2020 is already open.
Forest Companies is Reforestamos México’s strategy to promote interaction between the forestry sector and the entrepreneurship sector to develop companies and entrepreneurs that add value to forests through their work. This year, we held the first meeting between the two sectors through an event supported financially by the Biodiversity Finance Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (Biofin-UNDP), the Association for Standardization and Certification (ANCE), Expo MEM Industrial, Proteak, and Selina Cowork. This event had a broader reach thanks to the institutional support of the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), the National Academy of Forest Sciences (ANCF), and the Forest Protector of the State of Mexico (Probosque). In this first edition, 92 people from 60 Mexican forest companies attended.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/36T6Puc
National Photography Contest “Forest Vision and Guardians of Time” 2019
The National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and Reforestamos México awarded the ten winning photographs of the National Contest “Forest Vision and Guardians of Time 2019,” which had the participation of 1,208 contestants submitting a total of 4,475 images. Supported by Citibanamex, Grupo Bimbo, Teleurban, and Altiplano, the contest aims to promote and disseminate appreciation for forest ecosystems and the majesty of trees through photography. It also aims to showcase actions and practices that promote sustainable forest development for the conservation, restoration, and use of forests. Over the four years Reforestamos has organized this contest with CONAFOR, a total of 16,193 photographs have been received.
Decalogue for the Forests
Due to the environmental crises of 2019, we found it necessary to develop a simple guide for the population to recognize, preserve, and value the importance of forests. The Decalogue for Forests comprises 10 actions that can have a positive impact on our forest ecosystems.
ANCE Granted Us the “Excellence Recognition”
Reforestamos received the “Excellence Recognition” from the Association of Standardization and Certification A.C. (ANCE) for the commitment to standardization and conformity assessment. ANCE stated that the award recognizes Reforestamos México’s trajectory in favor of forests and its global commitment to the country’s sustainability. “At ANCE, we recognize Reforestamos’ activity and impact on priority issues for the country,” they said. The award was received by Mr. Juan Manuel Rosales Salazar, President of the ANCE Council, and Ing. Abel Hernández Pineda, General Director of the Association.
More information at: http://www.ance.org.mx/blogAnce/?p=1360
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