The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve (RBC) is a protected area in Campeche that protects one of Mexico’s most emblematic species: the jaguar.
As part of the project "Payment for ecological services in ejidos of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve," with concurrent funds from the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR, acronym in Spanish), annual payments have been made to two communities (ejidos) (Pustunich and Yohaltún) for the conservation of their forest extensions located in the buffer zone of the reserve.
During this same period, Amigos de Calakmul conducted an annual evaluation of forest cover for both ejidos. According to the report for 2021, there were no significant changes in the surface areas of the different types of vegetation. However, the community brigades have reported the presence of people and small cleared areas. To avoid this situation, the number of surveillance and protection patrols in the forest area has been increased.