Community Forestry in Mexico

Looking from El Punto towards oaxaca
My research on community forestry in the Sierra Juárez of Oaxaca, Mexico was inspired by my belief that the long term environmental and social sustainability of the kind I saw in Italian peasant agriculture was possible in other places. My earlier work in Mexico linked a long term environmental history of the landscape of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca, with an institutional history of the forestry bureaucracy, in order to show how indigenous versions of landscape history could sometimes override incorrect official readings of the landscape. In follow on projects, I have become interested in the ways that forest protection has become linked to climate change mitigation, not only in Mexico, but in developed countries also.

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