The Civil Association CORENCHI (the Upper Chinantla Natural Resource Committee) was formed in 2014 as a product of the union of six agrarian communities of the indigenous group “chinantecas”: Santa Cruz Tepetotutla (population 500), San Antonio del Barrio (population 200), Santiago Tlatepusco, San Pedro Tlatepusco, San Antonio Analco and Nopalera del Rosario. These communities are found in Chinantla, located in the northern part of the State of Oaxaca, in a region known as Sierra Juárez and the Papaloapan Watershed. The Chinantla region consists primarily of members from the ethnic group chinanteco whose occupation of the region dates back to pre-Hispanic Mexico. Its tropical humid and upland forests make it one of the most important regions in Mexico for biodiversity.
The formation of CORENCHI emerged from a process of reflection on and recognition of the importance of natural resources in the daily activities of community members, the contribution that it makes to local social and cultural conditions and its influence on productive activities, quality of life, poverty, health and employment.
The reflection permitted the communities a reevalution of their surroundings, their territory and their natural resources, which led to a reassessment of the importance of environmental services such as water production, carbon capture, and biodiversity. It subsequently facilitated the establishment of community priorities for the region principal of which has been forest conservation in the upper watershed of the Perfume and Santiago rivers to improve livelihoods through income generation activities founded on compensation schemes for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. The process that CORENCHI adheres to is founded on respect of local forms of organization of each community and on strengthening their capacities.
The six communities forming CORENCHI, A.C. are the primary stakeholders: Santa Cruz Tepetotutla, San Antonio del Barrio, Santiago Tlatepusco, San Pedro Tlatepusco, San Antonio Analco and Nopalera del Rosario.
Implemented/current solutions or actions taken
The primary objective of CORENCHI is to strengthen the ability of its communities to conserve and adequately benefit from its natural resources directly and through the search of finance to support their activities. This requires strong commitment on the part of communities to conserve, protect and sustainably manage their natural resources and making these the basis for benefits to communities. CORENCHI members have developed a natural resources management strategy for their forests whose primary objective is to protect them for the multiple environmental services that they provide directly to local communities, but also to surrounding municipalities including national and global communities.
In addition to allocating more than 8000 ha of their territory to a Payment for Environmental Services scheme, the commitment to conservation has enabled the certification of ‘voluntary conservation areas’ (ADVCs) in each community and the implementation of numerous income generating projects, all with a sustainability focus. Among these are nature-based tourism, biodiversity monitoring, organic coffee farming, beekeeping, fish farming, and development of agroforestry system consisting of vanilla, tepejilote, cocoa y la pita and packaging of organic products.
Number of Participants
6:00 Depart for Santa Cruz Tepetotutla
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast (Puerta del Sol) at Ixtlán de Juárez, Sierra Norte
11:00 In Santa Cruz Tepetotutla: Reception of visitors at the trailhead "Las Cirilas"
11:00 - 12:00 Walking the trail "Las Cirilas"
12:00 - 13:00 Walking the trail "Los Pivotantes"
13:00 - 13:30 Transit to the Community
13:30 - 14:00 Reception and Accommodation of visitors at "Estación Modelo"
14:00 - 15:00 Lunch at Ecotourism Centre "Estación Modelo"
15:00 - 16:30 A talk on “Community History and Organization and the formation of CORENCHI" followed by a walking tour of key areas in the community
16:30 - 18:00 A talk on “Community Land Use Plan and experiences with the national Payment for Environmental Services scheme”
18:00 - 19:30 A talk about the Coffee and Honey productive systems and Community Biodiversity Monitoring program.
19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
7:00 - 7:25 Transit to San Antonio del Barrio
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 In San Antonio del Barrio walking tour of productive systems (shade coffee, traditional maize systems, cheese factory) and the “Sendero de la Tumba” Trail (the Tomb Trail)
11:00 - 13:00 Visit to the river Perfume and Marimba Music
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch (featuring a traditional regional dish: Stone Soup)
14:30 - 16:00 Visit to the Community Museum
16:00 - 17:00 Visit to the Artisanal Bakery; Learn how to make tortillas.
17:00 - 17:30 Art Exhibition and Sales
17:30 - 22:30 Transit to Oaxaca City
This fieldtrip is supported by the Natural Resources Committee of Upper Chinantla (CORENCHI A.C.).
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