10 Apr 2019

Venue: International Environment House I | Room 3

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

Film screening "Protecting the Crossroads" and discussion with Clara Rowe, head for the Mexico and Central America from Earthworm Foundation, and the CEO, Bastien Sachet.

Film Summary – Protecting the Crossroads

The La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve, in Mexico, is home to a wide variety of ecosystems and an abundance of wildlife, making it an area of critical conservation importance. It is also home to people, many of whom depend on farming as a livelihood. In 1995, when the park was created, cattle ranching, subsistence farming and small scale production of agricultural crops such as palm oil, were already present. A land use management plan was developed, but due to limited resources, this was not well disseminated or enforced, resulting in encroachment into designated conservation zones. Today, Earthworm Foundation, working with its members Nestlé and Grupo Bimbo, are using satellite technology to gain a detailed understanding of land use in the Reserve. This has provided the basis for multi-stakeholder collaboration involving government bodies, smallholders and other stakeholders, all in order to find a lasting solution that works for people and La Encrucijada.

Clara ROWE, Earthworm Foundation, Head for Mexico and Central America

Clara Rowe was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Monteverde, Costa Rica. She studied biology at Amherst College, and then spent several years working in fishery management and youth development in Latin America and West Africa before getting her masters in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Clara is now the Head for Mexico and Central America at Earthworm Foundation (formerly known as The Forest Trust), a global non-profit organisation that works to promote sustainable agricultural supply chains.


Ivo Mulder, Head, UN Environment Land Use & Finance Unit
Jonathan Gheyssens, REDD+ and sustainable land use in Africa, UNEP Finance Initiative
Diana Rizzolio, Coordinator, Geneva Environment Network

Introducing the Earthworm Foundation
Bastien Sachet, CEO, Earthworm Foundation

Introducing the Film Protecting the Crossroads
Clara Rowe, Head for Mexico vand Central America, Earthworm Foundation

Film Screening




The event was live on Facebook.

Video screened: Protecting the Crossroads: Preserving ecosystems and communities in La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve