In eastern hidalgo, central méxico the Sierra Otomí-Tepehua region (Region) sits in the southern range of the Sierra Madre mountains north of the Valley of Tulancingo and on the border with the states of Veracruz and Puebla.
Here, 120,019 citizens (51% women, 49% men) live in 473 communities divided among six municipalities. Four are majority indigenous with a total population of 99,489 citizens, 60,000 of whom speak Nahautl, Otomí or Tepehua.
The Region is home to 452 species of trees and plants divided into three ecosystems among its granite peaks and lush valleys. And it wrestles with increased ranching, little access to fresh water, deforestation caused by poorly planned and illegal logging (some in collaboration with authorities) and poor coordination between the three levels of government.
Sustainable resource management solutions to these challenges are clear: smart reforestation, free, informed and prior consent for all projects including logging, responsible government coordination and local-driven distribution of technology and citizen education on environment rights and responsibilities.