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Equator Initiative Case Study - Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro

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The town of Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro is located in the western part of the Mexican state of Michoacán; its name refers to the destruction of the original San Juan Parangaricutiro during the eruption of the Parícutin volcano in 1943. Since 1982, local indigenous Purépecha community members have been engaged in sustainable timber and non-timber forest extraction and processing from the town’s local pine forests. In 1991, a landmark national resolution led to the legal transfer of ownership of 18,138 hectares of communal land to the 1,254 comuneros engaged in the project; in 1999, the project gained FSC certification for its forest extraction practices.
To date, training has been offered to more than 450 local people in technical aspects of sustainable forestry; the enterprise is currently active in more than twenty areas of production, the majority of which involve non-timber forest products, and generates an average of 900 permanent and 300 temporary jobs each year. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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