The Center for Education and Promotion for Sustainable Development (CEPRODESO) first launched its efforts in the early 2000s in communities within protected areas around Vueltabajo, a tobacco-growing region in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. At that time, locals were asked to cease logging and hunting but were not offered viable alternatives in harmony with their customs.
Those individuals had accumulated a lifetime of knowledge through co-existing with nature, and our work was to (re)build a wider collective knowledge. Our aim was to dismantle harmful behaviors, so we started by asking them what changes they wanted at that present moment and constructing a plan for their future
said Juan Francisco Santos Estévez, organization coordinator. He added:
We define environmental education as a process that enables people to raise their level of competence in order to establish forms of sustainable interaction with the world.