Children’s Forest Program (CFP) in Mexico
Expanding seedling raising activity for the protection of the historical environment
Presently, Children’s Forest Program (CFP) has been carried out in 36 countries and areas of the world. In Mexico’s Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Valley area, children are tackling CFP activities to protect the historical environment.
In this area said to be the birthplace of Mesoamerica civilization, the valuable ecosystem of the North American semi-arid zone including various species of cacti is preserved and the area was designated as the World Heritage by UNESCO in 2018.
At nearby schools, OISCA staff is conducting workshops on the unique natural environment of the area and the method of raising plants. The children who are descendants of the indigenous Popolocan tribe living in the valley area since ancient times are also taking part in the activities. They are appealing family members and friends for protecting their land and carrying out seedling raising activity at home and schools. Environmental education respecting the inherent natural environment of the area is expected to lead to voluntary activities of the children and deepen the understanding on the activities of the whole community.
A school girl named Lesly Anahi from this area recently sent the following letter to the OISCA Headquarters.
“Hello to our Japanese friends ! I am participating in CFP and planting many trees to protect our earth. We can’t live without plants because they give us oxygen. Together with my friends, we are planting various seeds and seedlings so that plants would not become extinct. And when they grow, we will transplant them in the mountains.”