World Bank Land and Poverty Conference - Foreign Investments to Support Forestry as a Means of Increasing Resiliency: A Case Study Approach in Mexico

A summary of the 2018 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference presentation, “Foreign Investments to Support Forestry as a Means of Increasing Resiliency: A Case Study Approach in Mexico ," led by Lauren Cooper, Forest Carbon and Climate Program Lead.

Foreign Investments to Support Forestry as a Means of Increasing Resiliency: A Case Study Approach in Mexico

MSU Forestry Department, Forest Carbon and Climate Program

Lauren Cooper, 19th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference presents the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 Conference took place from March 19th – 23rd, with the theme “Land Governance in an Interconnected World.” During this Conference, I presented “Foreign Investments to Support Forestry as a Means of Increasing Resiliency: A Case Study Approach in Mexico,” as part of the Community Rights for Environmental Benefit Session. My presented work relied on findings from a case study carried out in collaboration with Dr. Emily Huff and the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Forest Investment Program Mexico Investment Plan in Oaxaca and Durango, Mexico.   

This presentation centered around community resilience as a measurement of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources while responding to stress, as well as withstanding and recovering from adverse situations. The case study considered social vulnerability, environmental hazards, and economic conditions, alongside the increased risk and unpredictability climate change creates for management and planning. With a focus on the country of Mexico, host to 138 million hectares of forest and a history of deforestation and forest degradation, this work explores international investments in the forestry sector as a tool to increase resilience. The case study was informed by interviews, surveys, and existing data to explore the impact on increasing community resiliency through the World Bank’s Forest Investment Program, which aids both rural development and reduced deforestation and degradation in rural and indigenous Mexican communities.

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,300 participants in 2017 from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. For video recordings, papers, and PowerPoints presented at the conference, please view the 2018 Conference Agenda.

For more information regarding this case study or the FCCP’s work, please contact forestc@msu.edu or visit http://canr.msu.edu/fccp


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