OAXACA CITY, MEXICO
- Locals, residents and visitors are invited to share photos
of trees in Oaxaca the first week of April 2008. The innovative
takes place April 1-5 in Oaxaca
City with optional visits to nearby villages in the Central
Valleys and Sierra
Juárez. The event is free and is a testament to the
values of slow
travel. See the schedule below.
is Forest Month on Planeta.com. The award-winning website
will be updating features on trees, conservation and forestry.
Special attention will be paid to community efforts to protect
forest biodiversity and to develop tourism initiatives.
Keep it simple! Take photos of Oaxaca trees and upload them
to the Flickr group Árboles
provide an opportunity for members of Flickr
to get together. Activities are confirmed the week of the event.
For details, consult the poster
and keep an eye on the Oaxaca
The 2008 Oaxaca Flickrmeet is an informal event to documents
the environmental and cultural diversity of Oaxaca. There will
food (!) and opportunities to learn more about the Web to
develop environmental awareness. Those who cannot be here in
person are invited to share photos of trees in the World
SCHEDULE 1.0 (Specific venues and dates may change. Keep
an eye on the Wikispace
Tuesday, April 1 -- Find the ahuehuete tree
at old train station featured in the Curtiduria map
Verástegui. (Map available at Amate Books), Macedonio
Alcalá #307. Meeting point: old train station, 11am.
Wednesday, April 2 - Ahuehuete tree count in
Santa Maria del Tule (includes visits to Ayuuk
de Piedra). Meeting point: Ayuuk, 11am.
Thursday, April 3 - Photo Safari: Llano Park.
Competition includes finding all the trees native to Australia
and the trees planted by Morelos y Pavon. Meeting point: monument
to Benito Juarez, 4pm
Friday, April 4 - Buscando
a Tito (Finding Tito!) Look for the pine needle baskets
at the Pochote
Meeting point: Pochote Market, 11am.
Saturday, April 5 - Exposición de Fotos, Comala
By participating in this event -- either in person or by watching
the photos and videos online -- you will be able to answer the
What trees are blooming in April?
What trees are originally from Australia?
What trees were planted by notable Mexican leaders?
Where can you buy fair trade coffee in Oaxaca City?
Where can you visit community forestry initiatives?
What is the legacy of Gregorio Chávez?
CALL FOR PHOTOS
Photos are welcome in the following groups:
Árboles de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Trees)
Forum on Latin American Forests
Oaxaca's Flickrmeet is a spin-off of the 2008
Rural Tourism Fair. The event's most viewed YouTube
video showed travelers walking around the town of Santa
María del Tule in search of ahuehuetes. This video has
been seen more than 2,000 times.
de Oaxaca was created in 2007 and as of March 2008 has 36
members and 103 photos. The group was created to document the
historic and notable trees featured in the map created by Francisco
Verástegui and other trees in the state of Oaxaca.
LATIN AMERICAN FORESTS
The Oaxaca Flickrmeet is promoted via the Forum
on Latin American Forests (FOLAF). FOLAF has two key objectives:
1) Improve awareness of forestry issues by publishing original
materials and by updating resource guides with links to recommended
resources elsewhere on the Web.
2) Improve awareness of the synergies between forestry and tourism.
Ecotourism is a 'non-timber product' that can be a complementary
asset to forestry.
EVERYONE - Pick up your free map
of historic and notable trees of Oaxaca City at Amate Books,
Macedonio Alcalá #307.
VISITORS - Check out places
to stay ... and eat!
POSTER - Download the free poster online
VIDEO - Rate the video on YouTube