Youth Speaker entry #21: Jose Carlos Martinez (Mexico)

Reforestamos México is an NGO that works to ensure the forests Mexico needs for its development. We believe that people can live honorably and in abundance through the natural resources found in forests, which is why we develop strategies that allow people living in forest communities to create sustainable, responsible and competitive enterprises.

Our job seeks to help people become forest entrepreneurs, as opposed to other programs and projects that, through their subsidiary efforts, they hinder people’s autonomous development by imposing ideas and perceptions. Our efforts focus on making all sectors of society participate considering this new perception of our forests.

Jose Carlos MartinezGenerating new and professional talent is vital to the future of our forests; we need young, responsible people with long-term vision and a committed responsibility towards forests and other people. Among the strategies we have to tackle this issue is the project Young Forest Entrepreneur. This project seeks to generate an entrepreneurship culture among Forest Engineering students in Mexico and complement their technical formation with social and economic education in order to recognize talent and build successful enterprises to ensure our forests.

Today, 17 institutions in forest education have become part of the project. More than 1100 young individuals have participated, developing 38 forestry productive projects. We built a virtual platform to connect with more people and close the digital gap in forest institutions – many forest students don’t use the new technologies as easily as students studying in cities.

We have generated alliances with important academic institutions, as are Tecnológico de Monterrey and the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), the main body behind the forest agenda in Mexico.

Finally, we are aware of the importance of bringing projects of young individuals to the attention of a much wider audience, which is why we work on spreading and communicating the work we do along with other stakeholders, as well as the progress and successes of community enterprises built by forest entrepreneurs. We have come a long way and we are going much further.

To read more about these and other initiatives, visit the Reforestamos Mexico website.

Jose Carlos is a counselor in a couple organizations that are led by young people, he is also an advisor of entrepreneurial initiatives. He is creating a rural enterprise and gives workshops on environmental topics for young people.

Text, photo and video are submitted by Jose Carlos Martinez (Mexico) – jose(at)reforestamosmexico.org

The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.


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150 thoughts on “Youth Speaker entry #21: Jose Carlos Martinez (Mexico)

  1. Woow que sorprendente trabajó, y claro, formo parte de él aunque sea en un 5% porque organizamos juntos el congreso con mas compañeros entusiastas.
    Te había perdido de vista desde hace un tiempo, y con este video das una breve reseña de lo que has realizado, creo que tu éxito radica en el entusiasmo que le pones a lo que haces, siempre con una sonrisa.
    En cuanto a que los jovenes son los que más conocimientos tienen difiero un poco, creo que los jovenes tienes el entuciasmo y la actitud, que si son orientados de una manera adecuada pueden llegar a realizar grandes cambios en pro de nuestro México, y me da gusto que tú contribuyas en orientarlos.
    Ojala algún día podamos intercambiar puntos de vista, por mi parte me he enfocado al trabajo comunitario del sector agricola y pecuario, desde un punto de vista productivo.
    Te deseo lo mejor JC sigue adelante….

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    • Un 5%? yo diría que fuiste una pieza clave en este camino. Mil gracias a ti por todo el esfuerzo, por la compañia, por miles de cosas. Te deseo lo mejor. Un abrazo.

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  2. Promover emprendimientos de los jóvenes en el bosque le da valor a este y contribuyendo no solo a la conservación sino al desarrollo humano y social, excelente uniciativa

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  3. Definitivamente el futuro de los recursos forestales de México está en manos de los jóvenes. Estas iniciativas deben posicionar a los recursos forestales como verdaderos proveedores de desarrollo económico, social y cultural, más allá de una visión conservacionista que comprometa el sustento de los dueños y poseedores de estos recursos.
    Los productores forestales actuales y futuros, deben asumirse como empresarios y generar riqueza a través del aprovechamiento sustentable de sus recursos.

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  4. Hola conozco su trabajo y se que es una persona entregada y le apasiona su trabajo, mejor representante no podríamos tener. Ojalá se haga realidad este gran objetivo

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  5. JC, el bosque nos necesita, lideres como tú mueven montañas y cruzarlas para encontrar nuevas estrategias de transición y mejora de los bosques. Saludos

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  6. Jose carlos merece ir a este congreso es una persona que dedica el maximo de su tiempo en lo forestal su trabajo es notable y muchas perosnas hemos visto la pasion que tiene en el tema forestal en verdad el tiene que asistir al evento

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  7. felicidades José Carlos, tus platicas y talleres que nos has traído a la Sierra Norte de Puebla han sido muy enriquecedores, gracias y adelante!!

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    • Vieron su foto en el vídeo! Yo no haría nada sino fuera por gente como tú que trabaja de la mano con campesinos y ejidatarios, … y pequeños propietarios.

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  8. Tuve la fortuna de trabajar a lado de Jose Carlos y pude conocer tres cualidades que lo hacen un elemento clave para representar a México: La pasión por el desarrollo de los jóvenes, su capacidad para tejer redes en beneficio de los bosques y su inagotable esperanza y entusiasmo. Estas últimas son quizá las virtudes mas escasas que tenemos los mexicanos y por tanto las que necesitamos transmitir y contagiar.

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  9. Guaa genial, los bosques son la importacia actual y que mejor que trabajar con jovenes y llegar asta los lugares muy apartados, una gran experiencia y conocimientos ser parte de joven empredor forestal… eaa muy bien felicidades…

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  10. excelente vídeo es realmente una pasión cuidar nuestros bosques y somos muy afortunados de poder estar en uno !vamos por mas proyectos emprendedores¡

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  11. Incredible job man! It’s amazing how you integrate the talent of young people to your work strategy in order to both empower them and make use of the value they have as creative and passionate people to ensure Mexico’s forests. That’s what we need, creativity, innovation and passion (and discipline). These iniciatives serve as a great example for those who are looking and eager to do something impactful for their country, This is it man! Congratulations on your successes, product of so much effort. You are a great example to many.

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