Nurturing the Seeds of the Water Forest
This summer, Schools for Chiapas embarks on exciting research into reforestation-based water recovery! What?!? Well…you might know that we have been kinda into trees for a long time, but as depleted water sources and climate change burden campesino communities (and rural populations everywhere), we have begun research into this global challenge and its potential solutions. Joining the team in our San Cristóbal nursery this summer, two incredible researchers, Rosa Lopez Valentín and Nils McCune have dug deeply into the opportunities for recovering wells and springs through soil conservation and planting of native trees. Over the course of the summer, work in our nursery has involved making calendars for seed collection, trials of native species known to help retain water tables, and production of educational materials, while other efforts have concentrated on extensive literature review, curriculum design and media production.
The Water Forest effort looks to support campesino strategies for reforestation and water recovery in the Altos and Selva communities of the Chiapas. We know that the core of the work that will restore ecosystems and sustain watersheds through the planting of trees is based in community knowledge and the practices of autonomy.
We invite you to join Schools for Chiapas in its next steps…help us to support water autonomy in Zapatista communities! Water is Life!