Zimatlán de Álvarez is formed by a series of rural and peri-urban communities that have implemented projects with interesting results for local development. Their communities have Mixtec influences with remarkable customs that link the traditions and culture of the indigenous peoples with their ancestral lands. Zimatlán has an interesting history of exploitation and use of natural resources and has one of the most representative and best-preserved ex-convents of the Valley of Oaxaca.
Lack of management capacity of the timber resources and products of the region. lack of income, migration, and lack of support mechanisms for the marketing of traditional products. These problems affect the distribution of benefits from significant natural resources, and consequently, there is environmental degradation. The production of amaranth offers important illustrations on the role of local agriculture to meet market demands at larger scales through the participation of local communities.
Local producers of furniture and producers and processors of amaranth, and local authorities.
Implemented/current solutions or actions taken
Productive projects have been implemented based on the scheme of Social Economy as a solid tool to achieve sustainable development.
Number of Participants
8:00-8:30 Arrival to Zimatlán de Álvarez
8:30-10:00 Zimatlán de Álvarez (Visit to the amaranth production and commercialization project)
10:30-12:00 Santa Ana Tlapacoyan (Visit to the woodworking Project and furniture workshop)
14:00-17:30 Visit to the Cuilapam de Guerrero ex-Convent.
18:00 Return to Oaxaca City
Fieldtrip offered by the regional office of the National Institute of the Social Economy (INAES).