The only FSC® Certified christmas trees in latin america
27 octubre, 2022
By Yamel Anaya Olguin, Jimena Cortez Aguilar, Viridiana Corona Villalpando
Reforestamos México acknowledges the great work of Mexican producers who strive every day to consolidate good practices of sustainable forest management and thus achieve the certification of their forests under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) scheme.
This represents the most reliable solution as it promotes responsible, environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
Mexico has a unique success story in Latin America: the “Silvicultores Unidos de la Cuenca del Alto Pánuco SPR de RL” (SUCAP), located in the Otomi Indigenous Community of San Gerónimo Zacapexco in Villa del Carbón, State of Mexico. These Mexican producers formed this association of peasants just over 20 years ago in search of solutions for the conservation and maintenance of their forests by implementing sustainable productive strategies.
They produce natural Christmas trees in areas that were previously agricultural or livestock, that is, places where there were no longer forests. With this, they have recovered degraded lands and restored biological corridors for birds, insects, small mammals, and reptiles. These plantations also help improve environmental services such as water quality, oxygen production, temperature regulation, CO2 absorption, as well as greener landscapes, generating jobs for the 127 partners, family members, and people from the community.
SUCAP has formed strategic alliances with the “Unión Nacional de Organizaciones de Forestaría Comunal A.C.” (UNOFOC) and Reforestamos México, A.C., which in turn linked American Express. As a result of this alliance, on October 6, 2022, they obtained the first FSC® certificate in Mexico and Latin America for the sale of Christmas trees with the certification of 72 hectares, 48 Christmas tree plantations, and 14 mixed plantations of Christmas trees and timber, by the international certification body Preferred by Nature (NEPCON).
You can be an agent of change! Verify that the places where you buy your Christmas trees have permission and, preferably, have FSC® certification that guarantees sustainability. By buying your tree, you will have the certainty that producers will continue to reforest and take care of these spaces with the help of “La Protectora de Bosques del Estado de México (PROBOSQUE)” , which supports them with plant donations and technical follow-up to ensure the life cycle of the forests.
This Christmas, Mexicans will have the opportunity to contribute to sustainability by purchasing the first FSC® certified natural Christmas trees in Mexico and Latin America with “Árboles de Navidad Villa del Carbón,” in one of their three marketing schemes:
- Sale on the plot (we invite you to visit the “Árboles de Navidad Villa del Carbón” producers in the State of Mexico and see their natural beauty in the following video.
- Home delivery with limited availability (contact them through their social networks: Facebook | Instagram).
- Sale at the Christmas Fair Estado de México 2022, at the Bicentennial Environmental Park in Metepec from November 11 to December 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Also, this year they will be presented at Terraza Everest on November 12 and 13,2022, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Terraza Monte Everest 635, Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo C.P. 11000, CDMX.
Be part of the difference this Christmas!
Watch the video here.
Learn more here.