The road that winds from the city of Oaxaca to the towering peaks of Sierra Juárez is bordered by dense pine and oak forests teeming with wildlife, like the long-nosed mate shrew and the elusive dwarf jay. Nearly all of this rich forestland, which is managed by the Zapotec indigenous peoples, is FSC certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
Forest fires in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region are a blessing and a curse. They play an important role in the workings of the local ecosystem—for example, ensuring the germination of pine seedlings—but there is more fire in the region than nature necessitates.
At the age of 21, Sarah Begum realized a childhood dream by leaving the UK to live with the Huaorani tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We spoke with Sarah about her incredible experience–and the film she made to raise awareness about the plight of indigenous communities.
In celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we are highlighting a selection of native communities who share the Rainforest Alliance’s vision for a more sustainable future.