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Foresteria comunitaria y gestion local del desarrollo
A great way to travel while giving back! Chico and his family have benefited from the stove for eight months now, greatly reducing their fuelwood use and indoor air pollution in the home.
As agro-forestry and forest conservation are two pillars in this process, clean cookstoves and solar lighting are a perfect compliment, improving sustainability, autonomy and health for communities that have been marginalized for centuries. Their pitch was impressive — saying that while they lived in a remote area with no municipal services, they saw an opportunity to make their living from the land and resources around them, avoiding migration to the city or to the United States.
These dedicated individuals work with community members throughout the entire process to create stoves that meet their specific cooking needs. We want people to improve their livelihoods while protecting forests. This workshop was a reminder to me of the importance of my work at TWP — a fulcrum between the aspirations of rural communities and the resources that help them become reality.
In the future, TWP hopes to be able to bring groups here at least once a year. The flourishing community nursery now has 35, plants growing.
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Another key part is to strengthen the capacities of its member organizations, to achieve conservation and sustainable productive use of natural resources. In addition, the group also runs a 15, tree nursery, which they use almost exclusively for fruit trees. It is accelerating due to the difficulties that comunitariia with rapid population growth, rising energy demand, massive crop losses from the effects of climate change, and organized crime and violence reaching alarming levels along this tiny string of countries.
These high-value crops, including coconuts, cashews, citrus, coffee, and cacao, are providing an important source of income to young farmers while promoting natural resource conservation.
Forssteria cookstove models selected for this project are partially pre-manufactured for consistency but are installed in a brick and mortar body constructed by trained community members.
Clean cookstove supplies sourced locally. The participants ranged in age from 16 to 70 years, and were from throughout Guatemala — three generations of forestrria and experience in one powerful convergence. So, when they asked me to support them getting additional training in bee keeping to improve their business, I made it a priority forsteria see that it happened.
During our most recent visit to Guatemala, we saw this model in action. The forest provides resources and bi0diversity, such as honey bee habitat, that are critical to survival. We also enjoyed visiting the tree nursery and pineapple fields, which have expanded seven-fold in just the last couple of years, from an original total of 5, plants to over 35, total plants.
Currently, the community consists of three distinct ethnic groups from the western side of the country who fled their homes in search of a more stable and hospitable place to settle. Page 1 Page 2 Next page. In terms of learning and engagement, the primary focus of the trip included:.
Don Marcos defends his land and his people during the Guatemalan civil war.
The forest is made up of rare hard and softwoods and old growth trees that are critical to the ecosystem and habitat, but also a prized commodity for selective cutting by the timber industry.
Today, the ambitious young group has a plantation of 5, organic pineapples that produce a continuous, mouth-watering harvest, a few dozen bee hives from which they are bottling and selling honey, and plots of shade-grown coffee. Migration from Central America to the United States has been in the news more than usual these days.
Comunotaria, I foredteria this conversation with a group of young men from a rural village near Escuintla, Guatemala.
The project was so successful that this year we are raising funds to install more in high-need communities. David shows us his plot of land where he has been experimenting with permaculture techniques. Foresteri, Don Marcos is a community leader in El Tarral, one of the dozens of highland Mayan communities from Huehuetenango who have been displaced to southern coastal climates.
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To learn more about our Clean Cookstove Program click here. A team effort to build this stove. They have formed a youth group in their community that is taking on migration by seeking new, local income generating opportunities.
Hands-on training in installation, use, and maintenance of the stoves increases local investment in the program through sweat equity and allows community members to become more intimate with the technology. Don Marcos tells us his story while holding his head in his hands under a photo taken of him inwhere he can be seen stoically gripping an automatic rifle with three other indigenous soldiers behind him, tasked with ensuring the survival of an ancient culture.
This woman in southern Guatemala uses her clean cookstove that was built last year to make tortillas for her family. He was happy and proud to offer his house as a training ground for the group of young men in his community, who look to him as an elder and a teacher. Families invest in the stove by providing a portion of the materials needed as well as investing time in helping to construct the stoves. Through education and public awareness, David and his fellow community members remain committed and dedicated guardians of the forest.
Another challenge is the external interest groups, especially agribusiness and timber agents, who eye the exceptionally well preserved forest that forms the backbone of their watershed and agroforestry existence.
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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Even if migration is just to the nearest city, the actual movement of family members is really a means to an end. Image by Jeff Lejann Abbott Through education and public awareness, David and his fellow community members remain committed and dedicated guardians of the forest. If you would like to help us build clean cookstoves in Guatemala, or would like to learn more about the importance of this project, click the button below. My role, as I see it, is just to fan the sails.
Inthis included men and women.
To modify an old adage — this is akin to getting two plants from one seed. Two spoonfuls of oats and a spoonful of sugar was all the food available for weeks at a time while protecting Mayan heritage and homeland from military persecution.
David, one of the youth group leaders and a champion for agricultural and economic empowerment, highlighted the struggles to develop and work their land with less than ideal infrastructure and climate. Now goresteria there is no smoke in the kitchen, you can smell dinner cooking from outside the house and all the way down the street.