Cafiesencia, as partner of the the USDA Forest Service, develops private forest management plans under the Forest Stewardship Program. The plans addresses landowners and farmers objectives while identifying the natural and agricultural capital, opportunities and threats. It provides recommendations for the ecological, social and economic benefits of conservation practices in the watershed utilizing Best Management Practices and its impact in the Landscape. Currently is starting work in the Coffee Zone incorporating the popular program CAFEiCANTO and the participatory design of the “Circuito Nacional de Senderismo del Café”.
Jiba Films, Cafiesencia EMMY AWARD WINNER project for the production of the Maricao Forest Documentary where high school students from the Urban Superior High School of Maricao and the Laura Mercado Agroecological School of San Germán were taught how to film a professional documentary. Students also learned about the Nature, Community and History of the Forest and its surroundings. JIBA means mountain/forest in the native indian tainos language.
Forest Communities Conversations
Prior to the passage of the hurricanes of 2017, Cafiesencia carried out eight conversations in communities near our protected areas thanks to a grant from the USDA Forest Service: Aguirre, Boquerón, Capetillo, Carite, Guilarte, Río Hondo, Susúa and Toro Negro. The talks gathered, spontaneously and without filters, the feelings of these communities regarding the management of forests and protected areas and their interest in participating in co-management dynamics and the possibility that these areas represent engines of economic development for your community. Because these talks were held prior to the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a survey among some participants was conducted after these atmospheric events to assess if the perception had changed.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Cafiesencia obtained with the collaboration of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and the Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies (CIEL) the entry of two properties under the works of the Conservation Civilian Corps (CCC), a program featured under the NEW DEAL, to the National Register of Historic Places. These properties are the Fish Hatchery in Maricao and the Observation Tower in San Germán. This work was made possible thanks to a grant from the Puerto Rico State Historic Conservation Office (PRSHPO).
TOURISTIC COFFEE ROUTE
In January 2016, Cafiesencia released the results of the Touristic Coffee Route Feasibility Study: Central West Part of Puerto Rico, which results are very encouraging. This study was funded by USDA Rural Development and had the collaboration of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and hundreds of in-kind hours donated by individuals, communities and institutions. The results were presented in several community forums and workshops across the impact area. Here you will find the complete study and a power point presentation with the highlights of the study.