Transforming degraded land in rural Mexico by sustainably growing teak trees
Employment in rural Mexico, particularly in the south, is often informal, uncertain and relies heavily on the agricultural sector. However, extensive livestock farming has led to land degradation, deforestation and loss of wildlife habitat. This project aims to restore the land and create stable job opportunities, in line with legal standards, in order to transform the long-term prosperity of the region.
trained in forest management, building skill capacity in the community
created, boosting the local economy
sequestered from the atmosphere on average each year
reforested improving biodiversity and soil quality
The project sustainably grows teak trees on degraded land in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Campeche, in the south of the United States of Mexico. Part of the project area will be sustainable plantations–teak wood is in high demand due to its durability and water resistance–and part will be left to naturally regenerate, to allow wildlife and biodiversity to thrive.
The project is driving significant economic development in a sustainable way by creating new jobs for local people, training them in forest management and creating a supply chain of highly valued teak wood. As the trees grow not only do they sequester carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate global warming, but additionally biodiversity, soil quality and water conservation are enhanced.