Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C.
Civil association where the associates and the equipment we worked from the decade of 90 with towns and communities of the Tarahumara Mountain range. Alliance Mountain range Mother counts on a brother Civil Association in the United States, Mountain range Alliance Mother.

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About Us
On January 23, 2007, the Alianza Sierra Madre was legally established as a civil society organization. The associates and team have worked since the 1990s with indigenous communities and peoples in the Sierra Tarahumara. The Alianza Sierra Madre has a sister NGO in the United States named the Sierra Madre Alliance.

 

Areas of Work
Our activities are organized in three areas of work that are inter-related: Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Biocultural Conservation; and Sustainable Communities.

 

Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The work focuses on the legal defense of the collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as sensitization and political advocacy to promote the respect of these rights.

Among the rights we defend are the right of indigenous peoples to the lands that they have historically occupied, the right to preferential access to the natural resources on the lands they possess, as well as the right to free, prior, and informed consent and the right to participate in all decisions that affect them.

Currently, our legal defense activities are focused on two emblematic cases in the state of Chihuahua: Choréachi and Coloradas de la Virgen. In both cases, the indigenous communities have been victims of violations to their collective rights, as well as document frauds. Now they are threatened by forest permits that have been granted on their territories.

In addition to legal defense, we advocate in the arena of public policy on behalf of the indigenous peoples of the Sierra Tarahumara through activities to influence public opinion, lobbying for particular proposals, reviewing legislative bills, and activities aimed at producing public agreement with our positions.

In a complementary fashion, we hold capacity-building workshops on the rights of indigenous peoples and produce educational materials, with a particular emphasis on radio programs to broadcast this information.

 

Biocultural Conservation
In the area of Biocultural Conservation, we focus on activities and strategies in which aspects of indigenous culture and biological diversity go hand-in-hand. We prioritize traditional knowledge as an essential part of the practice of conservation.

Additionally, we have advocated for environmental public policies for the Sierra Tarahumara through dialogue with governmental agencies. We point out the incongruity and problems caused by certain governmental policies, such as the granting of forest permits in priority conservation areas.

 

Sustainable Communities
In the area of Sustainable Communities, we support the communities in the Sierra Tarahumara, in the state of Chihuahua, in their search for solutions to problems such as the lack of water, erosion, and the impoverishment of the soil, utilizing techniques that combine science and traditional knowledge.

We facilitate the capacity-building process for certain communities, so that they might develop and implement their own projects, as well as to promote the respect of their individual and collective rights.

We provide the indigenous peoples of the Sierra Tarahumara information and assistance so that they may understand the public policies and governmental programs that concern them. One of our objectives is that they be able to analyze those policies and programs with a critical eye, and tell the government, in their capacity as rights holders, that their proposals be seriously considered.

 

Strategy: Rights-Based Approach
As a cross-sectoral strategy in all three areas of our work, we have adopted a rights-based approach with two thrusts. On one hand, we seek to increase the level of the commitment of the government and society with respect to human rights. On the other, we build the capacity of stakeholders so that they can know their rights and can demand that they be respected.

 

Principles
• Respect for human rights in general and specifically, the rights of indigenous peoples, women, and children.
• Promote the wellbeing of the communities of the Sierra Tarahumara, including economic, social, environmental,
.. and cultural aspects on the individual as well as the collective level.
• Evaluate the environmental sustainability of all actions we undertake.
• Have a multi-disciplinary team.
• Employ an inter-cultural focus.
• Understand that environmental conservation is in fact biocultural.
• Orient our work in a way that ensures gender equity.
• Participation.
 
 
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