Last updated: March 3, 2022

RCE Western Jalisco

Photo Credit: S. García
Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
August, 2007
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Western Jalisco was formally constituted in the University Center of the South Coast, located in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, with the commitment of diverse key actors: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources, Department for the Sustainable Development of areas coastal (University of Guadalajara),

The Intermunicipal Junta for the Integral Environmental Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Watershed - (JIRA), ten municipal presidents in turn, and the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve Staff.

The geographic region includes the municipalities of Autlán, Casimiro Castillo, Cuautitlán, Tuxcacuesco, Tolimán and Zapotitlán de Vadillo which are in the territory of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve and the lower Ayuquila River basin, with the formation of the intermunicipal board were incorporated in addition to the municipalities of San Gabriel, El Limón, Ejutla, Unión de Tula. It has a portion in the coastal zone that covers the municipalities of La Huerta and Cihuatlán. This region contains mountain areas, agricultural valleys, watersheds, and important areas for conservation, RAMSA sites in the coastal zone, marine turtle conservation areas and crocodile protection areas.

Goals and Objectives:


Develop a quality education at all educational levels for all people and sectors in order to achieve the goals of the region regarding the quality of life and sustainable lifestyles from the implementation of the priority actions of Education for Development Sustainable and the Sustainable Development Goals, with an positive impact on the local and regional, national and international levels.

Goals and objectives:

  • Strengthen the inter-institutional alliance for the development of applied sustainability projects for a better quality of life
  • Development of EDS training programs for different educational levels
  • Allow young people to make informed decisions and adopt responsible measures in favour of the integrity of the environment, bio cultural respect and the viability of the economy between current and future generations
  • Promote the learning of ESD throughout life as part of a quality education that is comprehensive and transformative


Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Centro Universitario de la Costa Sur, Universidad de Guadalajara

Key Partners:

The CUCSUR - University of Guadalajara, developed a permanent program on Environmental Education in the last ten years; this had an evolution on ESD. Our work is focused in promoting the direct generation of citizen awareness and commitment to action, through the training of students and the voluntary citizen group SUMATE, which works on clean-up campaigns, municipal waste management programs, urban organic agriculture and peri-urban restoration of rivers and degraded zones, attention to families in poverty and vulnerability, art and reuse of discarded materials, and environmental education workshops in elementary schools.

CUCSUR offers programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels focused on management and conservation of natural resources of mountain ecosystems, and ecosystems of coastal and agricultural areas.

JIRA develops a program on education for sustainability; in ten municipalities and the Direction of Sierra of Manantlan Biosphere Reserve work with a program on education for the conservation in five municipalities: Autlán, Casimiro Castillo, Tolimán and Tuxcacuesco of Jalisco State and Minatitlán an Comala of State of Colima. At times we work together on these three programs in the same municipalities and communities.

Name of organisation: University Valle la Grana (UNIVAG)
Role: Works to continue implementing the environmental Agenda in collaboration with the CUCSUR. During 2018 developed the course program on ESD to train students to implement priority actions of ESD for inside and outside of this university
Contact name: Rafael Jimenez Rico
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Name of organisation: Caritas A.C.
Role: Develop strategies to involve stakeholders of different institutions to cover the basic needs for poor people (food, health, nutrition, dress and homes to older people)
Contact name: Laura Estela Vargas Casillas
Contact email:;

Current Activities:
  • Training for Sustainable Management of Municipal Solid Waste
  • Reuse and recycling of electronic waste
  • Healthy agriculture projects
  • Education, communication and training in ESD
  • Develop productive projects with poor and vulnerable families in collaboration with Caritas

Use of the RCE's environmental interpretation box (Photo credit: A. Pelayo)

Upcoming Activities:
  • Strengthen and extend to other municipalities all previous activities
  • Project: Reorienting Education and Training Systems to Improve the Lives of Indigenous Youth
  • Work was done to obtain donations from businesses and families to improve seven Caritas homes for families living in poverty are accommodated. Work is also being done on the construction of a shelter for 36 elderly people. There is a work agenda and monitoring of health and nutrition of these families with volunteers and professionals of health in this project participating from our university and the RCE
  • Creation of a team of ten academics from five departments of CUCSUR who have joined the agenda to strengthen the RCE and ESD projects
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Salvador García Ruvalcaba
Secondary RCE Contact:
Carlos Palomera García
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
César Omar Saldivar Díaz
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Independencia Nacional 151
C.P. 48900
Autlán de Navarro Jalisco