Pedro Medrano

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013
ASFOSO- Asociación Forestal de Soria


This profile was prepared when Pedro Medrano was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Pedro has launched a new management model of co-owned forest areas in Spain called Montes de Socios (Forestry Partners). The model establishes clear, partnered ownership and management of the forest, rebuilds rural identity, and makes forests a collective responsibility.

Through Management Boards, a legal structure that Pedro resurrected from ancient tradition and passed into law, markets have been created around the forestry industry with opportunities for real profit capture. Pedro is also building a community to safeguard forests. The Boards gather a symbolic number of co-owners of different properties, which contributes to the environmental protection of areas that until now were almost abandoned.

This mechanism is designed to foster collaboration among people living in the countryside with those in the cities, and in other countries. The common link between them is that they are the legal inheritors and rightful owners of a tiny portion of land their ancestors collectively bought. With this structure, the model gives each individual a small share of ownership in the collective; however, instead of encouraging personal gain, Pedro incentivizes supporting common projects which focus on the preservation of natural resources and local and rural development.
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