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Northern Mesoamerica: Belize, Guatemala, Southern Mexico

First published on 12/31/2007, and last updated on 06/02/2017

The CCA movement is vibrant is Mexico, growing in Guatemala but merely nascent in Belize. Indigenous and some mestizo communities have historically managed their territory in a way that ensures the protection and sustainability of their resources.

A long-standing common practice is to maintain a part of their territory in a forested area with minimal human impact.

Indigenous autonomy movements are a strong trend in Mesoamerica, particularly in Chiapas and Oaxaca. In these cases, CCAs are embedded in a wider struggle for liberty, democracy, justice, land tenure, control of natural resources use, production, knowledge, technology, education and culture.

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