1. INSO

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    INSO was founded in 1991 to support communities with regenerative social and ecological initiatives in the diverse state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

    Its flagship ‘Slow Water’ project aims to address the Central Valley’s watershed crisis, where the speed with which water flows impacts on both its communities and its ecosystems.

    INSO remains deeply engrained in grass-roots culture, while its Oaxacan Water Forum has brought community stakeholders together with NGOs, the private sector, and governmental and academic institutions. It takes an integrated approach by combining traditional wisdom and community organisation with modern knowledge and techniques.

    INSO has also established two vibrant Regeneration and Permaculture Demonstration Sites, providing workshops, training and examples of regenerative land use. This includes soil conservation, re-vegetation, organic farming, ecological forestry, irrigation and rain harvesting.

    Through its work, INSO reinforces a sense of the fragility and sacredness of nature, viewing it as inseparable from society.

  2. The Lucy Foundation

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    The Lucy Foundation uses coffee to create awareness around inclusion, accessibility and diversity.

    In 2016, it established Pluma Coffee Project, in an isolated coffee-farming village in Mexico with the aim of transforming the global coffee industry. It sought to develop a regenerative value chain of coffee (good for the environment, the local community and economy, and also inclusive of people with disabilities).

    It works with indigenous coffee-farming families, all affected by disability, to help increase the quality and quantity of their coffee. It also helps disabled family members to become trained and employed within the local coffee industry. 

    This work is driven by a belief that equitable opportunities for people with disabilities and other diverse life experiences, together with meaningful interactions between community members (regardless of identity), are hugely beneficial to community health, wellbeing and resilience.

    Alongside organic agricultural workshops, The Lucy Foundation has developed a local barista training program (delivered in sign language); has launched the first commercial batch of Pluma coffee and cascara (coffee tea) in New Zealand; and has created alliances with an exporter/importer, a roaster, a coffee training provider and cafes who strive to employ regenerative practices and who actively train and employ disabled people.

  3. Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociadad de Oaxaca: INSO

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    Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociadad de Oaxaca (Institute for Nature and Society of Oaxaca) was founded in 1991 to support Oaxacan communities with their social and ecological initiatives in Mexico.

    It is based on a principle of viewing nature and society as inseparable and works in a collaborative way which aims to be inclusive of all.

    For the last decade INSO has been developing its Slow Water initiative which works to regenerate the natural and social fabric of the Central Valley´s Watershed. This involves a number of projects and activities including demonstrative permaculture programs, creek restoration, public education and the creation of Water Forum which allows for better collaboration between the communities, NGOs, research institutions, government and private sector.

  4. Whales of Guerrero Research Project

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    The Whales of Guerrero Research Project (WGRP) collaborates with local communities, government and universities to create incentives and opportunities to restore the region’s collapsing marine ecology. WGRP cultivates environmental stewardship via meaningful education, science and conservation programs. A community-run humpback whale study is the entrance point to conversations about marine wildlife and why nature matters.

    Since 2014, it has: spearheaded 1500 hours of whale and dolphin field studies in partnership with local citizen scientists; formed and empowered ecotourism co-ops; trained 75+ fishermen as “whale safe captains” and taught 2500+ students in 25 schools about the surrounding environment; brought 250 kids out to meet their local whales and dolphins for the first time; and led 250+ international travellers on ecotourism adventures.

    Next steps are a fishermen’s learning exchange between community leaders from Guerrero and communities in Baja California that have restored their seas and are now thriving as a result; the creation of a community-backed marine management plan, self-supporting education and guide training programs and a well-known and well-run ecotourism industry.