Dalia Elizabeth Sántiz Gómez. Intern testimony of AMBIO

I was researching for my Thesis on Storage of Carbon in Air Biomass, and I read about the AMBIO Cooperative, I delved into its lines of action, and the more I read, the more I was interested. I graduated as an Environmental Technology Engineer and decided to pursue a Masters in Forest Governance, it was just when I realized that I needed to learn from them.

Today, I collaborate with the AMBIO Cooperative, within the Scolel'te Program. I participate in the management of Planes Vivos, small land use projects in the Zona Zoque, Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Lacandona and Tzeltal, which will help the implementation of agroforestry systems in the field.

My experience in AMBIO has been rewarding, because it has helped me to see my vocation clearly. At the University I was sure that my path was for Environmental Services Payments with Carbon Capture, but thanks to AMBIO, now my vision is integral. I want to focus on strengthening the local livelihoods of rural communities, with the implementation of comprehensive Eco-tourism strategies, as a mean of conservation and sustainable management of natural resources.

Despite my forty-eight days working in AMBIO, I have seen a key capacity that the Cooperative has developed: to listen. All are heard. Local traditional knowledges, projections of increased vulnerability due to loss of natural infrastructure, needs and urgencies, are heard in each work session, and in each session, the project on foot is adapted and enriched. This capacity pays for the availability of communities to learn and take action to conserve their home. Simply listening, has been key to working with issues, such as Food Security, with the promotion and production of criollo seeds or landscape restoration to increase biological connectivity through agroforestry systems.

I can assure you that AMBIO is more than an organization concerned with Sustainable Rural Development, including gender and culture, AMBIO is a family that, day by day, gives the best of itself to achieve its goals. The teamwork they do is essential, the commitment and passion with which they carry out their activities has led them to forge a path of twenty years.

Now I can say that the Cooperative, not only has an impact on the indigenous communities, also on their team work and young people who have not found that first opportunity. Today I can affirm that AMBIO is a niche of learning, it is a place of professional and personal development.

Being part of AMBIO is a goal that fills me with satisfaction and I am grateful to every member of this family. It is an experience that I would definitely repeat.


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