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Marcedonio Cortave - ACOFOP, winner of the Elinor Ostrom Award 2015 in the category of Practitioners

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Published on Aug 10, 2015

Dr. Marcedonio Cortave is director of the "Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén", a structure of 22 organizations which benefit 22,00 people. ACOFOP negotiated with the Guatemalan Government the creation of 9 units of forest management covering around 352,000 hectares. It is still fighting to gain access to 71,000 hectares. ACOFOP has created a community forest management model which has inspired others in Africa, South America and Asia. ACOFOP has been awarded with distinctions such as the recognition from the United Nations Development Program for Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction and the Presidential Environment Medal by the Government of Guatemala in 2003, among others.

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