Conservation of Coastal Watersheds in the Context of Climate Change
The C6 project aims to promote integrated management of selected coastal basins to conserve their biodiversity, contribute to climate change mitigation and strengthen the sustainable use of their natural resources. This is for the recovery of watershed functionality and the provision of its ecosystem services.
Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial a través del Banco Mundial y The Leone M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
From 2014 to 2019 will be the exercise of non-patrimonial resources and the patrimonial resources of the project are of permanent nature.
A coastal basin is a territory delimited by a watershed, where a system of rivers that flows into the sea converge. Comprehensive watershed management seeks the actors in the basin to develop a common vision focused on improving the management of the territory considering their economic and cultural activities and the environment that sustains them. This objective is pursued through interinstitutional cooperation and collaboration.
Climate change scenarios in Mexico indicate that coastal watersheds in the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland Gulf of California will be severely affected by increased droughts, hurricanes and floods. The C6 project focuses on these two regions. It contemplates the integral management of 16 basins selected for their high biodiversity and potential to detonate collaboration between institutions.
The protected natural areas, located in the high and low parts of the basins, are areas of opportunity to improve the functionality of the basin. The personnel of the protected natural areas will be trained in planning, monitoring, and financial sustainability.
From the modeling and analysis of the environmental services will identify the priority forests within the basin. Owners interested in conserving these forests will be able to access payment for environmental services. In turn, the most appropriate management practices in watersheds will be driven through sub-projects. These will be selected from the calls and will be focused on sustainable forest management and agro-ecological systems. Social participation will be promoted through the promotion of workshops and forums, which will allow the elaboration of action plans for watershed management in collaboration with its inhabitants.
The staff in charge of the subprojects and protected areas will be trained in the monitoring of water quality, biodiversity, land use change and carbon. This monitoring will make it possible to verify the progress of the action plans and adapt them to the needs of the watersheds.
The collaboration between three public institutions (CONANP, CONAFOR and INECC) and one private entity (FMCN) is an innovative component that seeks to detonate processes of collaboration and coordination. A basic axis of this project is the strengthening of social participation and governance through regional committees and networks or forums in each basin, which will nourish action plans and enable the exchange of experiences between basins.
In project management, FMCN and regional funds under the supervision of FMCN will support those responsible for subprojects and protected areas for efficient and transparent use of project resources. FMCN and CONAFOR will ensure responsible financial management of the project assets.
Last update: September 2017