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Program Training youth

In Latin America, many families who are land owners where existed or still exists the rainforest, do not know the possibilities of the sustainable management of the ecosystem, which will allow them to modify the habits of carrying out not sustainable agricultural and low efficiency activities. Their poverty and isolation, also, prevents them from being provided with the necessary knowledge, the technical assistance, the financing and markets access.

Youth nowadays that were born in the forests usually does not perceive the sustainable management of the forest as an effective way for its personal development, in spite of being the generation who has the highest school level average in history: many people prefer to emigrate to the cities or abroad, having as a consequence the gradual lost of human resources that could face the challenges its conservation and mitigation of climate change. 

Therefore, the education of the youth who live in the rainforests has a crucial importance: it is the way of forming a generation capable of adopting new practices from a sustainable approach and, especially, of guaranteeing in the long term the existence of people, families and communities that own the commitment to preserve the rainforests and its planetary benefits, and that maintain the enthusiasm for worthy and sustainable productive activities.

To begin with we are creating a learning network integrated by young people between 15 and 24 years who live in Mexican rainforests, men and women, family members who possess areas of rainforest or areas that were cut down to introduce livestock and agriculture. We need to work with the families so they can offer this kind of support.


The Mexican network is integrating for a group of 30 young people distributed in different places of the country, that follow remote learning and training program to acquire the technical knowledge for the sustainable management of the forest, as well as personal and team attitudes to maintain the love to this work, initiative spirit, associative participation, responsibility towards the mitigation of the climate change and the respect of all the forms of life.

The training program is projected for two school years during which the group has been trained to stay in the center Las Cañadas Bosque de Niebla that possesses a long experience in the topic http://www.bosquedeniebla.com.mx/. The formation is completed by an educational online platform where advances are exchanged and the members receive supporting materials on video, audio and text. During the learning program, every member of the network puts into practice a management plan on their own areas and receives a present follow up by their tutors, both during the training program and through the virtual platform. The contents of the training program are inspired in the beginning of the permaculture and learning community.

The annual estimated cost of this program for every country-network is 185,000 dollars.

Every country-network can train from 20 to 30 young members of families who are owners of areas in regeneration or conservation. In average, every country-network might have the potential to use and conserve 600 hectares of rainforest, a 20 hectares average for every member of the network. Currently, we are creating the network in Mexico, afterwards, we will spread this knowledge to other countries when the experience has been consolidated.

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino

Photo: Enrico Martino