ERA was founded in 1993 as a non-profit development and research professional organization. Its work has focused on sustainable forestry in rural and indigenous communities in South Mexico, including Capulalpam, where ERA has developed several projects since 1993.
Since 1993, ERA have conducted 20 research projects, including 11 related with sustainable natural resources use and 9 addressing environmental services provision. ERA have facilitated interdisciplinary team working many times, including a Mexico and Central America consultation process to identify principles for sustainable biodiversity management, hosting a national process to develop Mexican standards for sustainable forest management under the Forest Stewardship Council framework, and a Meso-american training module on community forestry bringing together four times 20-members cohorts of young professionals from 8 Central and Latin American countries.
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