Program for Sustainable Rural Development

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The Ecological services are essential for the wildlife and the society. However, the destruction, degradation and fragmentation of natural habitats endanger the sustainability and biodiversity associated with it. So far in the 21st century, there has been a loss of forests in Mexico of 2.5 million hectares. Alarming because only a quarter has been recovered, this results in a net loss is 1.84 million hectares. As of 2013, 192,000 ha disappeared in Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula was the most affected with 80,000 hectares, which means 2.27% of the forest area of the region, Campeche lost 38,000 hectares of forest cover, followed by Quintana Roo with 26,000 hectares and Yucatan with 16,000 hectares (CCMSS, 2015).

Given this situation, it is necessary to implement actions to restore damaged ecosystems, seeking to recover functionality and connectivity of the landscape, while promoting human development, with which we can reverse the depletion of our main asset and maintain healthy ecosystems for future generations (INIFAP, 2017).

Background and objectives

Within the trends of the new climate and sustainable development agendas, key developments such as the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement were presented in 2015, leading to a new global development framework, in whose front we find forestry and landscapes; The PSRD does not seek to align itself to this framework for convenience, but we have identified through the experience that is the safest way to contribute to adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

Why it is important?

The forest fragmentation derived from human activities and natural hazards such as forest fires and hurricanes, represent a discontinuity in the habitat for biodiversity, a healthy forest represents a livelihood for many species including humans.

In the Program for Sustainable Rural Development we promote productive activities as a means to achieve environmental and social sustainability, through community forestry and productive restoration of rural landscapes, in order to recover the functionality and connectivity of the forest, while promoting sustainable human development.

How do we work?

We actively work with producers in the development and strengthening of capacities and adoption of sustainable production techniques, through exchanges of experiences, demonstration and training events. The actions are carried out in the states of Campeche and Yucatan; in Campeche in the communities of Francisco J. Mujica and Ramón Corona of the Municipality of Hopelchen; in Adolfo López Mateos and Centenary of the Municipality of Escárcega; and the ejidos of the Zone of Influence of the Area of ​​Conservation The Zapotal in Yucatan. In Quintana Roo in the ejidos: Vicente Guerrero, El Cedral y El Ideal, of the Municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas.

Ejidos where Program for Sustainable Rural Development works.

We promote the adoption of sustainable technologies and the appropriation of concepts, in accordance with the objectives of sustainable development, framed in the 2030 agenda of the member states of the UN, focusing on policies and practices that affect the forest and rural communities.

Last five years funding

Alianza WWF-Fundación Carlos Slim
Fundación Coca-Cola
Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC).