Coastal Watersheds Conservation Project to Protect near One Million Mexicans

Near one million Mexicans will benefit directly or indirectly grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to Mexico. To the Coastal Watersheds Conservation Project in the Context of Climate Change, seeks to promote the comprehensive management of coastal watersheds.

The project will work directly in the poorest, most underprivileged communities living within or around Natural Protected Areas (NPA), in the gulfs of Mexico and California in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Puebla and Campeche, among others.

Direct beneficiaries include ejidos, indigenous people and individual residents and owners; in total around 100,000 people receiving Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). In addition, further 800,000 people will benefit indirectly as members of PES-recipient households or for residing in those communities adjacent to two protected marine areas that will benefit economically.

“The project represents an inter-institutional initiative with financial and technical cooperation that seeks to strengthen social organization with the objective of preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services, guaranteeing the comprehensive management of coastal watersheds draining into the gulfs of Mexico and California,” said Luis Fueyo Mac Donald, National Commissioner at the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP).

“As a top priority, it identifies the need to link protected natural area management with landscape planning, thus guaranteeing the integrity and functionality of ecosystems, communities and productive systems in the context of climate change,” he added.

The project intends to preserve the ecosystems in priority coastal areas of global importance in terms of biodiversity, and to protect them from the effects of climate change. In order to do this, it will focus on preserving biodiversity, resilience to climate change and land use sustainability.

“Mexico has made significant progress in the environmental sector and is a global leader in its efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We recognize its constant commitment to an inclusive and sustainable growth,” said Gloria M. Grandolini, World Bank Country Director for Mexico and Colombia.

This public-private partnership constitutes an unprecedented coordination effort between four institutions with broad experience in conservation: the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP); the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR); the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), and the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature(FMCN).

The project will contribute to the creation of social and economic value at a local level via community participation in the implementation of practices aimed at improving the productivity of agricultural and forested plots, as well as improving monitoring and follow-up mechanisms. It will help reduce carbon emissions with the introduction of conservation practices in key areas for global biodiversity. It is thus expected that the project will reduce deforestation and promote the conservation of the forest cover in one million hectares adjacent to the protected areas.

Source | World Bank