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The Power of Wind

  • The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Annual Meeting

    The Yansa Group’s founder, Sergio Oceransky, will speak at the Annual Meeting of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples in San Francisco on Thursday, May 17th during lunch.  This year’s meeting is themed, Toward a Better World: Strengthening Indigenous Sustainability.

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  • Yansa to attend Rio+20

    Great news — Yansa will attend Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in June as a partner of the Siemens Technology in Action Hub.  Look for us at the UNEP Pavilion!

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  • Welcome to Ixtepec!

    Ixtepec, a city of 30,000 inhabitants in the south of Mexico, located in the Isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, will be the location of Yansa’s first community wind park project. Ixtepec is a calm city where people still live very peacefully: after sunset at about 6:30pm the city becomes very quiet [...]

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Meet the Community

  • Arturo Varreda Velasquez
    Arturo Barreda Velásquez

    Arturo is a member of the local livestock association. He lives on his ranch outside of the center of Ixtepec.
    “Here on my ranch I am happy. In the city there’s too much noise. I am 100% a rancher. However, we need improvements to the road to town, since it is impassible in the rainy [...]

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  • Irma Palomec
    Irma Palomec Cabrera

    Irma is a retired teacher, and she has been involved actively in the women’s forum since the beginning.
    “For sure, no one can choose where he or she will be born. But if you would have asked me where I would have liked to be born, I’d say here in Ixtepec. I love Ixtepec, its [...]

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    Roberto Mújica Toledo

    Roberto Mujica Toledo is a civil engineer who supports the community wind farm in Ixtepec. He has seen many large-scale wind farm projects established in Mexico and grew disheartened by the ways in which these projects have failed to involve the local communities. While these larger projects often promise transparency and attractive long-term benefits, many [...]

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  • Vicente
    Vicente Vásquez García

    Vicente is a member of the indigenous governing body, the Comuna, and was involved in the approval for the substation in Ixtepec in 2008. But at the time he saw what was happening in other communities where wind development was causing harm to the local people and their livelihoods.

    “A couple of other Comuneros and [...]

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    Felipe Palomec

    Like many community members in Ixtepec, Felipe is worried about the youth in his community. He sees countless students who have graduated from school and are now unemployed. He also worries about the poor in Ixtepec who are also suffering from high unemployment rates. He encourages the wind farm to come as soon as possible [...]

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  • Hector Manuel Felipe Palomec
    Héctor Manuel Felipe Palomec

    Héctor lives in Ixtepec and welcomes the new wind farm project. He believes that it will positively impact his family and supports the way in which each decision about the project is made with direct community involvement. Through an extensive information sharing and community consultation process, Yansa strives to make the wind farm project transparent [...]

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  • Julian Morales Martinez
    Julián Morales Martínez

    Julián, who is 22 years old, lives in the village of Zapote, which is about 20km from central Ixtepec near the area where the wind farm will be built.

    “Everything here is beautiful; the wind, which is often blowing, is very warm. But I would like to see my village have access to clean and [...]

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  • Lilia Montero
    Lilia Montero

    Ixtepec is a beautiful piece of the Mexican landscape, loved and cherished by those who live there. The people of this region share a pride for their land and for the deeply embedded community roots that have been developed over generations. When asked about Ixtepec, Lilia is passionate about her love of the land she [...]

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