Youth volunteers committed to promoting the conservation of primary life sources in the community of San Miguel Suchixtepec.
Yu Naban "Tierra Viva" is a group of 12 youth volunteers committed to promoting the conservation of the three primary life sources in the community of San Miguel Suchixtepec: water, soil and forests. Yu Naban is achieving this through workshops to raise awareness, community gardens and water quality monitoring in rivers and springs located in the upper Copalita River Basin.
Yu Naban was founded in 2013 within the umbrella of the programme: Water management in river basins: Development of new models for Mexico driven jointly by WWF and Fundación Gonzalo Río Arronte, I.A.P. (FGRA). Yu Naban is a mixed group of children and young people between the ages of 7 and 20. The group has a passion and desire to promote the protection of the natural resources of the area. Thanks to this, they have been able to remain on strong footing and are simultaneously creating a transitional and inspirational space for other young people to engage, train and grow as transformation and change agents.
The group's vision for the future, as a community conservation enterprise (CCE), is to improve their capacity and generate strategies to implement productive projects, like orchard cultivation. This would give them a source of income to further promote environmental conservation.
I am from the community of San Miguel Suchixtepec. I joined the group at the age of 13 because I like engaging in activities to learn more about the environment and to show others how important it is to take care of it. We need training, workshops and other ways to support our members in these activities. Because of lack of resources, they often have to leave the group and go on to other things". - Nicolás Hernández Antonio."