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Owners of the Forest - Credit Hugo Metz / If Not Us Then Who?

Owners of the Forest

Community Forests for Biodiversity Conservation

Location

Mexico

Released

December 2016

Duration

6:58

Tags
  • Biodiversity
  • Mexico
  • Participatory-made film
  • Sustainable Agriculture

A new model of conservation is emerging. It is one that values the role of local communities and reconciles protecting biodiversity with the use and management of resources. In the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, communities play a vital role in conservation efforts and several have been recognised with awards for their work. However, these communities need to be better supported to manage conservation efforts and receive direct access to funding in order to protect their forests most effectively.

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