This research study examines the Communal Forest Enterprise and environmental education in the Purépecha indigenous community of San Juan Nuevo, México. The Communal Forest Enterprise, also known as La Comunidad Indigena, was created in 1981 to establish control and sustainably develop over 18,000 hectares of communal forest lands for the benefit of the local community. The enterprise generates over 1400 jobs for community members. Additional revenue from the enterprise to the local government provides extra funding for more infrastructure and social programs in San Juan Nuevo and surrounding areas. The Communal Forest Enterprise is also involved in some environmental education programs for both students and residents. Additional programs are available through the public school system and local government on a voluntary basis. However, there is a lack of environmental education programs in San Juan Nuevo. The results from the surveys, interviews, and conversations with the residents reveal a strong desire to develop more relevant environmental education programs for the community. In addition, the residents favor more involvement of the Communal Forest Enterprise in the design and implementation of these programs. Based on the literature review, results from the surveys, interviews, and conversations completed for this study suggestions are offered for more environmental educational programs that could include local indigenous knowledge, place-based education, and stewardship-based learning in partnership with the public school system and the University of México (UNAM), the local government, and the Communal Forest Enterprise. It is hoped that these suggestions to the local community leaders and future research study initiate new and more relevant environmental education programs in San Juan Nuevo.
|Commitee:||Aldern, Jared, Wetzel, Melanie|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental education, Environmental management|
|Keywords:||Community forest enterprise, Environmental education in Mexico, Mexico, San Juan Nuevo|
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