Our land, our Forest in Mexico (Red MOCAF)

Red Mexicana de Organizaciones Campesinas y Forestales (Red MOCAF) founded in 1994 brings together 50 local forestry, indigenous and peasant organizations in México. Red MOCAF seeks to raise living conditions standards of rural people through the promotion of community forestry, particularly those living in forest regions.

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Clearing of forest for cattle ranching, monoculture plantations, unsustainable logging, hydro-electric projects, and mining are the main causes of deforestation and forest destruction in Mesoamerica. These processes are associated with increased forest degradation, pollution, biodiversity loss, water shortages, and damage to local economies and food security, as well as higher carbon emissions. Centralized governmental management models have proved insufficient to stop deforestation and forest degradation.

Indigenous and community land management in Mesoamerica has proved effective for natural resource conservation, climate change mitigation, and poverty alleviation, but communities do not receive adequate support to address the pressures they face. Many still lack secure rights to their land and forest and / or financial and technical support for managing them. The governments and large producers responsible for forest destruction typically disregard the rights of indigenous and forest communities, and often threaten, jail, or assassinate community activists.

In this context, it is necessary to promote sustainable livelihoods and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and forest communities. Most of the region’s remaining forest is on land administered collectively by indigenous peoples and forest communities, as the forestry, indigenous and peasants’ communities and ejidos in Mexico. These communities have deep historical and cultural connection to their land and can help prevent forest destruction and maintain their forests as carbon sinks. With this project they will have ensure land tenure rights (through the promotion of territorial rights) and will strengthen their organizational capacities to promote, defend and advocate along with their partners.

This proposal is highly relevant for its beneficiaries, at national, regional and also international level, since the project constitutes a clear furthering about the possibility on territorial rights in Mexico and related to Previous, Free and Informed Consent. The project is a clear example of how the political awareness raising work of the MAPF has evolved from a general proposal regarding territorial rights to the definition of specific goals based upon the different national scenarios, in this case Mexico. The first will consist advancing formal processes required to obtaining legal recognition for land and forest rights in specific territories and communities: ejidos in Jalisco, Oaxaca, Chiapas y Peninsula de Yucatán.

This includes capacity building processes for indigenous people and peasants and public officers on territorial rights (including Previous, Free and Informed Consent processes), securing political assistance, participation in advocacy spaces, guaranteeing the participation of youth and women from the ejidos and communities, and finally strengthening Red MOCAF, A.C.’s organizations capacities itself.

Finally, the project links up very well the forest and climate program since the latter promotes sustainable changes in the social, economic and political environment in which forest community groups operate and also contributes to climate change mitigation (and adaptation). It contributes to ICCO’s policies and objectives who seek to secure sustainable livelihoods and justice and dignity for all.

This project proposal is part of a larger set of interventions in partnership with the AMPB´s (Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques). Executive Secretariat.
Our land, our Forest in Mexico (Red MOCAF)

Target group

Total direct beneficiaries will be 150 people in indigenous and forest communities in Jalisco, Oaxaca, Chiapas y Peninsula de Yucatán, including youth, women and communities’ leaders and authorities.


Red MOCAF is a strong organization in Mexico, with very good alliances with community-based organizations, donors and government institutions. Their relationship with the government is strong and provides financial, social and political support. Although other funding may be discontinued, Indigenous Peoples and/or community-based' organizations have the strength that they remain in their territories (as it has been legalized), with their structures and their people, representing social sustainability for the long-term.

Goals overview

Red MOCAF, A.C.’s project aims to contribute to:
a) ensure respect for indigenous and forest communities’ land rights;
b) improve forest and land management and control and d) strengthen local human resource capacity, with an emphasis on women and youth.