WEAVING NETWORKS AND ALLIANCES
13 mayo, 2022
Reforestamos México is characterized by being an organization that likes to work as a team, always under the philosophy that if you want to go far, you have to do it in the company of allies. Sometimes, it simply joins the efforts of other organizations, and in others, it takes the lead and encourages others to join its actions.
In these twenty years, some notable collaborative efforts with specific objectives can be mentioned. Firstly, efforts related to influencing the electoral agenda of the presidential candidates in the last two electoral processes can be highlighted. To influence the forest agenda of the 2012-2018 six-year term, Reforestamos worked with the Bosques Group (G-Bosques), made up of forestry organizations that sought to generate a proposal for candidates to incorporate an agenda benefiting the country’s forest ecosystems.
Similarly, for the 2018-2024 period, Reforestamos led the #PresenteSostenible platform, an initiative of 50 social organizations supporting four fundamental axes: a policy of open government for better decision-making in the territory, participatory environmental democracy, inter-institutional collaboration with a territorial focus, and laws for sustainable management of natural resources. For Reforestamos, these four points are crucial to ensure the forests of the future; fortunately, they were incorporated into the agenda of the third Citizen Summit in the axis of Environment for sustainable development. Thanks to this, the four presidential candidates in Mexico subscribed to the environmental proposals of civil society.
Reforestamos México has promoted networks working on specialized topics that are currently active. For example:
- Alianza Mexicana por la Restauración de Ecosistemas, within the framework of the UN Decade on Restoration (2021-2030), civil society organizations (Reforestamos México, World Wildlife Fund-WWF Mexico, World Resources Institute-WRI Mexico, and The Nature Conservancy- TNC Mexico) created AMERE to promote and articulate efforts for ecosystem restoration, committing to impact at least 10% of the territory.
- Alianza Mexicana de Biodiversidad y Negocios, emerged from COP13 and is composed of
- 15 companies and financial institutions, and 15 social organizations and international cooperation agencies. Its goal is to ensure that companies incorporate biodiversity care issues into their business models.
- Alianza Mexicana por la Biodiversidad, created in 2017, also from COP13 on Biodiversity held in our country. It brings together 22 civil society organizations wanting to influence biodiversityissues, particularly in the processes of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico and worldwide.
- Fuera Minería de ANP (ANP), a group of eight social organizations join efforts to promote legislative reforms that achieve a ban on mining in Federal Protected Natural Areas.
- Red OJA, Network of Youth Organizations for the Environment, seeks to coordinate efforts of collectives led by young people to strengthen their capacities and jointly influence the construction of sustainable processes.
Other spaces and networks in which Reforestamos México has participated and promoted include:
- Red Ciudadana para el Desarrollo Empresarial de México (Red CIDEM) (2011-2013), focused on strengthening and developing business capacities in the projects carried out by the organizations that formed it. In our case, to ensure that policies allowing the development of forest companies exist in Mexico.
- Red Ambiental Mexicana (RAM) (2011-2019), a network that is still active, although Reforestamos México no longer participates actively. It served as a meeting point for organizations affiliated with CEMEFI dedicated to environmental issues.
- Red Monarca (2015), this network is still active, although Reforestamos México no longer participates. Its objective was to coordinate the work of organizations in the monarch butterfly reserve and influence decision-making in the Protected Natural Area.
Reforestamos México also belongs to international networks such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where Ernesto Herrera, General Director of Reforestamos, is President of the Mesoamerican Committee, and Emilio Cruz, Director of Advocacy Alliances at Reforestamos, is Secretary of the Mexican Committee. Additionally, it is part of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC©), where Emilio Cruz is a member of the Strategic Council of FSC© in Mexico, and the National Development Agency (ANDE).
“From civil society, we must move from the language of competitive advantages to collaborative advantages. It is urgent to create multisectoral alliances that, from civil society, generate forest-based solutions to address the great global challenges,” said Ernesto Herrera, General Director of
Reforestamos México A.C.