Cooperative climate change adaptation in Sierra Madre and the Coast of Chiapas - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Cooperative climate change adaptation in Sierra Madre and the Coast of Chiapas

As of: November 2021

This project supported Mexico in developing and implementing a strategy for effective EbA measures in watersheds in coastal regions. The strategy focused on the protection of resources while ensuring sustainable economic development in the region. This strategy reduced the impact of climate change on ecosystems and preserved the livelihoods of the population. Project partners initially assessed a project region’s vulnerability to climate change and subdivided it into risk areas for extreme weather events. Appropriate adaptation measures were then planned for these regions. The aim was to finance these measures sustainably through the global carbon market as well as through a regional public investment strategy. In addition, the project used participative approaches in order to sensitise the public, establish cooperation with local structures and ensure decision-makers deliver on their responsibilities.

State of implementation/results

  • Strategic plans for adaptation to climate change were finalized based on the active participation of local communities, including five priority water catchment areas.
  • Various studies and assessments of the sub-basins and watersheds have been carried out to ensure an improved impact and effectiveness of on-site interventions.
  • In addition, the project developed a landscape-integrated management model for the region based on these studies.
  • A long-term financing mechanism has been set up: The Tondo Semilla de Agua (FSA) Water Fund is currently housed in FONCET with the aim of supporting sustainable productive projects.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - International

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) - Mexico*
  • National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP) - Mexico
  • National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) - Mexico
  • National Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (INIFAP) - Mexico
  • National Water Commission (CONAGUA) – Mexico

Implementing partner(s):
  • Tropical Agriculture Research and Learning Centre (CATIE) - Costa Rica

BMU grant:
1.499.888,00 €

07/2011  till  12/2015



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