People's Forest: The Contribution of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Mesoamerica

Forum to put into perspective how the role of Mesoamerican indigenous peoples and local communities have preserved 47% of the region's forest carbon stocks, 8% of the world's biodiversity and the habitat of 17% of all terrestrial species on the planet through the management of their forests and how these have become the livelihood for more than 5 million people who depend on them.

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Levi Sucre Romero

Indigenous leader, farmer and specialist in indigenous organizations, cultures and environment in Central America. He comes from the Bribri Talamanca indigenous community in Costa Rica and is currently the general coordinator of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB). He also directs the technical management and organizational process of RIBCA.


Deborah Sanchez

She is the coordinator of forest, climate and biodiversity area at the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forest. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the People Forest Partnership. She is from the Honduran Moskitia and she has a background in working on forest certification, climate change and economic development projects based on the promotion of the recognition and respect of the indigenous people and local communities.


Fredy Cover

He is a civil engineer dedicated to infrastructure projects related to organics products and environmentally friendly. He was responsible for the construction of organic cocoa processing infrastructure. He has also been a consultant analyzing the challenges that exist in the wood and furniture value chain in the Atlantic region with a project funded by FAO. He is currently the coordinator of the Secretary of Infrastructure and Transportation in the Atlantic region of Honduras.


Carla Cárdenas

She works in Forest Trends as Senior Manager of Peoples Forests Partnership, an Initiative that works directly with the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests and other indigenous organizations. She currently serves on the International Board of the Forest Stewardship Council as a representative of the environmental south chamber. She served as the Undersecretary of Natural Heritage for the Ministry of Environment in Ecuador, her country of origin. There she managed the national protected areas, forests, and seven major stewardship programs including “Socio Bosque”, “Restauración Forestal”, “SNAP”, and “REED+ Ecuador.”


Alina Liviet Santiago Jiménez

She is an administrative advisor and member of the indigenous community of Ixtlán de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico in charge of managing resources before government agencies for communal enterprises and the Commissariat of Communal Property. She is in charge of chain of custody certification and is representative of the Permanent Committee of Indigenous Peoples in Central America and Mexico and vice-president of the FSC's global Permanent Committee of Indigenous Peoples.


Amalia Hernández

She is a Honduran leader of Lenca origin. She is currently President of the Federation of Agroforestry Producers of Honduras (FEPROAH) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests, she is also an active member of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests' Coordinating Committee of Women Territorial Leaders of Mesoamerica.


Selvyn Fernando Pérez Ajú

He is Maya K`iche` indigenous leader from Guatemala. He has a master's degree in development and a founder member of the Reserva Natural Comunitaria Corazón del Bosque, a sustainable community-based tourism project that has been operating since 2000. He is a mentor of the Alianza Juvenil de Productores Utatlán, a youth group that provides food to schools from family farming. He is currently the president of the Community Forestry Network of Guatemala Utz Che' (which means Good Tree in the Mayan language K'che'), a network made up of 40 organizations of indigenous peoples and local communities. He is also the president of the Corazón del Bosque Community Reserve. Member of the Permanent Committee of Indigenous Peoples since 2017 and member of the IPARD-FSC Indigenous Committee in Guatemala. He represents his second level organization in advocacy actions developed by the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests. Individual member of the Southern Social Chamber of the FSC.



Doribel Herrador Valencia


Event Details

  • Date: Friday 14 October

  • Time: 09:00 - 10:30

  • Room: Nusantara 3

  • Language: English, French, Spanish

  • Format: Hybrid