Defending Indigenous land rights

UNOSJO is a Zapotec Indigenous organization, established in 1990 by 26 regional and community-based Indigenous campesino organizations in the Juarez Mountains of southern Mexico. UNOSJO fosters locally controlled, environmentally and culturally appropriate development and defends the land rights of the area’s Indigenous communities.

In recent years, UNOSJO has been active in exposing and resisting extraction, as well as carbon offset programs like REDD+ (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation”) that allow polluters to keep polluting in the Global North, while violating territorial rights in the Global South.

Programs like REDD+ are false promises for addressing climate change. To learn more about false promises and how to identify them, click here.

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