2024 KCP Application
Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP
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Project Summary / Description:
Since 1987 we have operated an energetic community environmental education program, raising awareness and generating regional consciousness, promoting the diversification of productive skills, the formation of micro-enterprises, solid waste management and the minimization of waste production at all levels. We forge processes to strengthen and consolidate local capacities. We have weaved a tapestry of climate action activities by energizing multiple actors. We promote the economic valuation of nature's services at the subnational level, beyond the market and congruent with the context of forest owners. For the past six years, together with the Government of the State of Quer taro, we have been building a subnational climate action model ready for replication in other states, operating the first state carbon footprint mechanism in the country. In 2021 we won the Equator Prize, and because of our alliance with the state government, we were selected by ICAT and the UNEP DTU Partnership to pilot the use of five ICAT guidance documents. We have the visibility and validation necessary to launch the Quer taro Model of nature regeneration with other subnational governments. Th project includes regeneration of forests by livestock exclusion and the management of soils using planned grazing, capturing water and carbon, currently 122,000 tCO2e/year. The project also includes training of technicians in regenerative management, dissemination to institutional actors and legislators, organization of educational events, participation in international forums and networks, promotion of climate action in multiple areas, and the participation of rural society by transferring regenerative tools to promote the recovery of ecosystems.
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Within the Biosphere Reserve, the local communities are the main actors, the owners of the land that harbors the biological treasures that are safeguarded in the territory. Our inclusive vision for local people has resulted in a large critical mass of residents who carry out thousands of small actions that alleviate pressure and provide solutions to the climate crisis. We have strengthened the local leadership of young people, women volunteers, micro-entrepreneurs and a network of teachers throughout the territory who, together with mothers, are educating society to adapt to be more austere and self-sufficient. We are a voice for the always ignored, a voice for the forests and watersheds, for the rich biodiversity of the area, for flora and fauna with rights always ignored. We speak for them, for the recharge of water sources, for a regenerative green agenda in renewable energy forums where the regenerative force of nature is often ignored, where extreme poverty out of context does not fit into the global protocols or carbon credit markets. We teach that not everything that glitters is gold and that there are intangible values woven over millions of years into a prodigious tapestry that provides us with conditions of well-being ‚îÄ nature, which is always abused, always subjected to being bought and sold. We are her voice, crying out for the recovery of a right relationship with the earth, from which modern society should never have divorced itself. We speak for the exhausted and poisoned soils, for a society that is silently poisoned by food full of agrochemicals, saturated by marketing that leads us to unconscious consumerism in which we believe we can do without the elements of a healthy life, filling ourselves with junk, feeding ourselves artificially and believing that the artifice can give us health. So, we are an energetic crusade that speaks out against transgressions disguised as progress that harm the integrity of ecosystems, defending the territory, organizing the population, developing social vigilance and greater participation at all levels of regional governance, seeking to implement solutions that clean up, regenerate and strengthen the capacity of ecosystems. We provide a voice that has gained authority before federal, state and local governments, making the regenerative landscape agenda an essential element in the fight against climate change. Providing rural communities with compensation for the carbon sequestration services of their forests, our actions have been validated by success in the field, and our methodologies and tools have been endorsed by national and international institutions. With 43 national and international awards received for all our lines of action, we have managed to be heard at all levels, from the local people to the highest national and international levels, making the case for our regenerative agenda that provides solutions backed by success on the ground.
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