Monarch Butterfly Model Forest Studies Impact on Community Well-being

The Monarch Butterfly Model Forest, Mexico, with the assistance of Nicolas Blanchette, an intern sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Falls Brook Centre in New Brunswick, has just completed a participatory research project to evaluate human well-being in a small "ejido", San Felipe de Jesus. This community-owned tract of land, or "ejido", is located in the state of Mexico adjacent to one of the area's Monarch Butterfly sanctuaries. 

The study assessed the impact of resource management practices on the community's well-being. It was based on the principles, criteria and indicators for human well-being set out by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). A team composed of local loggers, a forest technician, and Mr. Blanchette led   the evaluation work. Local groups participated in the group interviews and data collection. The research results identify opportunities for improved resource management and better communication within the community. The study also points to activities the Monarch Butterfly Model Forest could promote and facilitate to help the community better understand land-use planning and integrated resource management.

Residents from San Felipe de Jesus participate in research project