With the aim of publicizing the forestry sector trends and to create business platform for the exchange of information, knowledge, developments, technologies at the national and international level, the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) held "Expo Forestal 2018", during the month of october, at Guadalajara, Jalisco. AMBIO shared in "The Expo" information on the various projects, such as the Scolel'te Program, with more than two decades of operation and which is based on carbon capture through reforestation activities and sustainable forest management, with the Voluntary Carbon Bond Market as its axis.
Our stand also featured the exhibition and sale of products such as medicinal products from the forest and embroidery made by women from the Emilio Rabasa, San Joaquín and Libertad Campesina communities in the municipalities of Ocozocoautla and Osumacinta, and participants of the project "Maintenance and increase of carbon stores in agroforestry systems in rural communities of the Selva Zoque complex - Sumidero Canyon, as a mitigation strategy to Climate Change, in Chiapas, Mexico", a project that incorporates the use of the gender perspective in its various activities.
In order to promote the participation and exchange of experiences among women, AMBIO invited to the “Expo”, as a special guest, Mrs. Victorina Pérez de la Cruz, representative of the women's group of the Libertad Campesina community, so she had the opportunity to share her experience throughout the project, to show the work that the women artisans of her community and to enrich herself with the experiences of other participants.
The gender approach was present in the "Charlas Forestales", with the theme "Women in Fire Management", presented by Alexandra Zamecnik, Program Manager Mexico of the Forest Service of the United States. Zamecnik stressed the importance of promoting the participation of women in the forestry sector, where traditionally they have had little call. The United States Forest Service has been implementing a program to promote women's participation in this sector and seeks to strengthen cooperation with other agencies, such as CONAFOR.