Maria Ghiso—education manager at the Rainforest Alliance—reports back on an inspiring project to improve waste management, air quality and community well being at a rural school in the Petén region of Guatemala.
The road that winds from the city of Oaxaca to the towering peaks of Sierra Juárez is bordered by dense pine and oak forests teeming with wildlife, like the long-nosed mate shrew and the elusive dwarf jay. Nearly all of this rich forestland, which is managed by the Zapotec indigenous peoples, is FSC certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
Having become the first ever farm group growing the sugar substitute stevia to gain Rainforest Alliance certification at the end of last year, Sebastiaan Saverys from the Stevia One Peru SAC, which includes three farms, tells us more about his sustainably sweet success.
Tutunze Kahawa Limited (TKL), a cooperative working with coffee farmers in Tanzania recently achieved Rainforest Alliance certification. We caught up with TKL’s Sustainability Manager, Nangula Heita-Mwampamba, to find out a bit more about the motivation behind certification, the challenges of achieving it and the company’s hopes for the future.