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Mexican Center of Enviromental Law (CEMDA)

Mexico City, Mexico
Joined June 2016
Presence in: Mexico
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental, A.C. (CEMDA) was founded in August 1993. CEMDA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization that seeks to contribute to various national and international efforts for environmental protection and natural resources, by the strengthening, consolidation, harmonization, implementation and enforcement of the legal environmental system.
The mission of the organization is to promote the right to a healthy environment and its protection through the development and enforcement of legislation and public policy.

People Associated With This Organization

Felipe Romero

Mexico  
Mexican Center of Enviromental Law...
Joined March 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Land & Natural Resources
Hola, soy Felipe Romero, abogado y con estudios en desarrollo rural. He trabajado en diversas organizaciones de la sociedad civil y desde el 2013 colaboro en el Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) en las áreas de defensa y de derechos humanos. Trabajo en pueblos y comunidades campesinos, indígenas y urbanas en la construcción de estrategias para defensa en contextos de grandes proyectos de desarrollo. Creo que el trabajo en comunidades es una base para construir modos de vida mas dignos.

Espero que la cooperación en la Red sea un espacio de intercambio y de aprendizaje de experiencias y conocimientos. Espero aportar cosas y aprender mucho de los demás miembros. Gracias.

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Juan Carlos Carrillo Fuentes

Mexico  
Mexican Center of Enviromental Law...
Joined June 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources
My personal work is related to the management of integrated landscape, the community forest management and, therefore, the collective and indigenous rights as well in this regard several Mexican laws merge with the traditional community system (usos y costumbres), that govern each forest community.


The production, policy and relations system in the western world, specially in large urban areas, operates based on principles such as private ownership, contractual relationships and individual rights. on the other hand, and at the same time, there are a number of small forest communities that often have a primarily oral system, with specific traditions, activities, rights and obligations, but all of them from a community perspective.

Both systems reflects a particular way of understanding the world. In other words, each worldview represents a unique understanding of nature and human ethics, rights and responsibilities; nevertheless, both perspectives need to face and understand each other in order to have a real sustainable development.

Therfore, in order to address issues related to territory, land and natural resources rights, it is crucial to build up bridges between the 2 coexisting legal systems: written rights and traditional law of forest communities and indigenous people.

In this context, I would like to learn from other perspectives and experiences regarding collective action and advocacy, always looking for better policies to promote legal empowerment for forest communities.

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Juan Carlos Carrillo Fuentes is the network champion (main point of contact) for Mexican Center of Enviromental Law (CEMDA).

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