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Jalapa del Valle

Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Mexico

This community is located 20 km. from Oaxaca City, and many residents interact daily with the city (work, school, services). In the past, community livelihoods were tied to local forests. In 1975, the Community Assembly banned logging, designating their forests as a conservation area. Over time, people adopted other livelihoods, most of them urban. The community won a national prize for nature conservation in 2013. In recent years, the community has seen the negative consequences of a “no-touch” forest policy (plague, fire), and the need for more forest use and management. The Assembly is in the process of approving commercial forestry operations as a collective (rather than individually-based) enterprise.

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