Covering Community Forest Management

A workshop for Mexican Journalists

Oaxaca, Mexico, April 3-6, 2008

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a workshop on covering community forestry and forest conservation. Applications were welcomed from Mexican journalists who wished to sharpen their skills for reporting on communal forest management. Approximately 80 percent of Mexico’s forests are managed by communities, mostly called “ejidos.” Researcher David Bray has described these as potentially global models for sustainable management of tropical forest lands.

Selected journalists met in Oaxaca City on April 3 and visited three communities that are managing their forests sustainably for timber and furniture production, eco-tourism, biodiversity conservation or ecological services. Community leaders and experts on environmental issues and forestry in Oaxaca briefed them in each setting. Journalists discussed techniques for covering this kind of story, engaged in writing exercises, and heard about new environmental reporting initiatives in Mexico.