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A Sustainable Indigenous Forest Economy

  Indigenous communities once lived in harmony with the forest in Madre de Dios, a region in the Andean Amazon that is known as the biodiversity capital of Peru. In recent decades, however, illegal loggers, irresponsible farmers, and gold miners have begun to raze large swaths of once-pristine rainforest in pursuit of short-term profit. Between … Continue reading

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Coffee Farmers in Oaxaca Plant Trees, Remove Emissions

The coffee farmers in Santa Lucía Teotepec, a rural area in Oaxaca, Mexico, feel the impacts of climate change in their everyday lives. “We feel the heat. It doesn’t rain like it used to,” says Leandro Salinas, community leader of the local coffee cooperative, UNECAFE, which is Rainforest Alliance Certified™. Such changes in weather patterns … Continue reading