Financing Protected Areas (FINANP)


Establish effective management, increased biological connectivity and sustainable financing for protected areas

The Project

The objective of the Financing Protected Areas (FINANP) project is to ensure that protected areas (PAs) are effectively managed and strengthen their connectivity and sustainable financing strategies. In this way, it seeks to contribute to the sustainable use and protection of Mexico's natural capital by maintaining its ecosystemic integrity and the provision of environmental services generated in them. FINANP will formally launch field activities in 2023.

Context

FINANP has a planned duration of five years, starting in June 2021, and has two phases to achieve its objective: 

  • FINANP I, managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has a temporary financial contribution of 10 million euros, which will contribute with equipment for three federal PAs and for the "Muros de Agua" Ranger Training Center in the Islas Marías Biosphere Reserve, and will support other innovative land management modalities relevant to biological connectivity;
  • FINANP II, managed by FMCN, has a financial endowment of 12 million euros. FINANP II will provide financial resources for the operation of three federal PAs, with a surface area of 22 million hectares (mainly marine), which were selected based on criteria of ecological conservation, socioeconomic value, and the risks and threats they face. The beneficiary PAs are the Mexican Caribbean and Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserves of the Baja California Peninsula, and Revillagigedo National Park. The operation of these PAs will be strengthened through the Natural Protected Areas Fund (FANP, acronym in Spanish) mechanism, based on the financing of conservation actions in a five-year strategic planning process.
The lines of work that guide FINANP's actions are:

  1. Establish effective management of the selected federal PAs (Phase I).
  2. Promote innovative alliances for integrated territorial management (Phase I).
  3. Institutional strengthening of the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP) (Phase I).
  4. Contribute to the financial sustainability of federal PAs (Phase II).

The beneficiary PAs are the Mexican Caribbean and Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserves of the Baja California Peninsula, and Revillagigedo National Park.

Achievements

The FINANP project will formally launch field activities in 2023. During 2022, FMCN will focus on planning and starting the project. 
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Allies

Donor:
  • KfW Development Bank

Partners:

  • Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature: Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean