IAFN, in collaboration with one of its partners, the Tianguis Alternativos Bosque de Agua, organized an Analog Forestry workshop in Querétaro, Mexico. The workshop aimed to involve new actors and expand the reach of Analog Forestry in the country. The activities took place between the 18th and 21st of April, in Kibbutz, an agricultural community and training centre for civil society organizations, located north of Querétaro, in the state of Guanajuato.
The focus of this workshop was to share the methodology of Analog Forestry (AF) with the participants, emphasizing the possibility of converting degraded areas into productive forests. Seventeen people were in attendance, including professionals in biology, agroecology, and agronomy, organic producers from the area, as well as students and academics from the Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo. The diverse group shared their opinions and doubts about applying AF methodology in subtropical areas whose harsh climate leads to frequent water shortages.
Mamerto Valerio and Oscar Rivera, instructors from the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, respectively, shared their experiences and achievements in the growing field of Analog Forestry, recognizing that while the tropics hold the most favourable conditions for biodiversity restorations, AF remains a viable methodology in sub-tropical or temperate zones. In fact, during a field visit to Sierra Gorda, we were able to see that even in the arid conditions of the highlands, natural forests could predominate. Through this demonstration, participants were challenged to delve further into the guiding principles of AF, so that with time and practice they could adapt them to their environments.
For IAFN, it is a pleasure to have more people practicing AF in Mexico, and we hope to be able to follow up on their individual initiatives, in order to be able to promote AF methods at different levels. Zuu Santos, of GaiaSana, explained how much AF interested her for her projects of sustainable production in Hidalgo and Oaxaca, where people are interested in planting forests with high levels of diversity that are oriented towards commercialization in local markets.
By: Eduardo Aguilar-EspinozaReturn to Galleries