Scolel'te partners with small-scale farming families to protect indigenous forest
area of project
Scolel´te, the tree that grows in Tseltal, is one of the standing forest carbon projects globally. It is the longest standing project of Plan Vivo.
The project is focussed on the temperate and tropical forests of Chiapas, Mexico. Small holder famers are engaged in reforestation and the protection of biosphere reserves. The project holds the Mexican National Forest Merit Award.
Key decisions are made and implemented at community level, facilated by Ambio’s strong network of community technicians. Over 60% of the small holder families are indigenous peoples of the Chiapas area.
The project is creating pockets of indigenous forest across a large area working with smallholder families on the their own land. The extent of forest creation can be clearly seen in the CommuniTree Map. In 2019, the project will be launching FarmTrace, providing un-paralleled access to the impacts specific farmers are achieving and bringing those in business who are Carbon Balanced that much closer to the people who are working with trees.
Scolel'te has acheived a CO2 benefit of over half a million tonnes CO2 sequestered.
The small holders are driving the project and are the main beneficiaries. In total 5480 people are engaged from 104 distinct communities. Rural farmer families creating small forests on their own land and protecting biodiversity reserves.
Scolel'te has created jobs for 30 full time technical staff. Each season a further 150 jobs are created for people from the communities. Their main work is collecting indigenous tree seeds, creating nurseries, and planting seedlings.
Tree nurseries are used to grow 27 indigenous tree species, 12 of which are endangered and on on the IUCN Red List. They include Mahogany, Guanacastle and Canshan. The project is long established and recent photos clearly show the rapid growth of these trees over the last 20 + years
key to its success has been the bottom-up participatory community involvement...this has ensured that the program has lasted and grown, and continues to be a successful international case study of a community-led climate change mitigation program...Richard Tipper, Ecometrica