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Forest Restoration with Teak

Transforming degraded land in rural Mexico by planting 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.

Forest Regeneration

Sustainable Development Goals

4. Quality Education

279 people

trained in forest management, building skill capacity in the community

8. Decent work and economic growth

424 new jobs

created, boosting the local economy

13. Climate Action

37,000 tonnes of CO2e

sequestered from the atmosphere on average each year

15. Life on land

4,011 hectares

reforested improving biodiversity and soil quality

The Solution

The project is planting 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 areas will be used for sustainable commercial purposes and part will be protected conservation areas to allow wildlife and biodiversity to thrive.

Local workers are trained in sustainable forest management to ensure a stable income for years to come.


4,011 hectares of land used for unsustainable cattle grazing has now been reforested to better local lifestyles and the future of our planet.


424 jobs have been created, bettering the lives of many Mexican families


Teak is a hardwood tree, used mainly for the manufacture of furniture.


Reforesting this land increases carbon sequestration for the mitigation of global warming, and boosts biodiversity, soil quality and water conservation too.


The Impact

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 teak wood. As the trees grow not only do they sequester carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate global warming, by biodiversity, soil quality and water conservation are enhanced.

Project ID: 301978

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