Productive Landscapes: Community-Based Forest Enterprise in Mexico: Lessons from Selected Cases
This Productive Landscapes (ProLand) project report summarizes findings from an analysis in Mexico focused on learning from the experiences of less well-known community-based forestry enterprise (CBFE) models, with an emphasis on “second-tier” organizations. The overall objective of this analysis is to enrich ProLand’s CBFE Sourcebook by studying the experiences of a sample of representative CBFEs in Mexico. Mexico is an important site of CBFE development, given the country’s high level of community control over forests (approximately 70 percent is under community tenure); its relatively long history of commercial community forestry (extending back to the 1970s in some places); and the exceptional level of investment into building CBFEs in the country. To date, most analyses of CBFEs have focused on a small group of the country’s “five-star” examples, which are not broadly representative within Mexico, much less in other countries. An earlier ProLand study in Mexico concentrated on these five-star CBFEs and recommended the current review of a more representative sample.