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Resilient forests and financing options for sustainable water supplies in the tropics

As of: September 2021

Robust forests help to preserve natural water stocks in the tropics. Together with local partner organisations, the project is developing EbA measures and innovative governance mechanisms in water catchment areas. A participative approach is being taken to the creation of ecosystem-based, sustainable land use plans. The project is conducting economic assessments of the ecosystem services of the four water catchment areas and developing governance instruments aimed at integrating private-sector actors. Steps are being taken to establish nature conservation measures for the reconstruction of forests, and to strengthen monitoring and local capacities in the water catchment areas. The project is supporting national policies and regulations for ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation. Findings are being collated and shared with both project countries and the international community. The project is part of the IKI Corona Response Package./
Predecessor project(s)
Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a instrument for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests

State of implementation/results

  • The focus of the project from 2021 onwards will be on the multiplication of EbA measures as well as their integration in regional structures and economic sectors with the involvement of private sector actors. This ultimately ensures that these measures are financed in the long term.
  • In the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Cuba, measures to implement developed EbA plans have been started (planting, afforestation, support for fire brigades).
  • Mexico *
  • Through a crowdfunding campaign to fight forest fires in December 2020, tools and protective clothing were handed over to the firefighters of the project at an event in the Sierra de Guadeloupe State Park. Delegates from the Ministry of the Environment of the State of Mexico and the management of Pronatura Mexico took part.
  • Guatemala:
    • The partner organization (Defensores de la Naturaleza) is a member of the new National Expert Group for EbA and advocates the integration of EbA in the NDCs.
    • Camera traps are set up for species monitoring in order to obtain information about the existing fauna in the catchment area of the San Jeronimo River.
  • Cuba:
    • There has been a major competition with the active participation of children to convey the importance of an intact environment and the need to protect natural resources. Workshops were also held with agricultural producers to prioritize EbA measures
  • Dominican Republic:
    • With over 21,000 seedlings, new agroforestry systems have been created for the sustainable cultivation of coffee.
    • In addition to communal reforestation measures with a mixture of native tree species, 8 more family-run house gardens were built, which contribute to food security and sovereignty of the communities.
    • The NotasVerdes newsletter was launched in September 2020: our-projects / rainforest-protection-projects / water forest / cuencasverdes
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    Project data

    Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico

    Implementing organisation:
    OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung

    Political partner(s):
    • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - Guatemala
    • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
    • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic
    • Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA) - Cuba
    • National Centre for Protected Areas (SNAP) - Cuba
    • National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) - Mexiko
    • National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) - Guatemala
    • National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) - Mexico

    Implementing partner(s):
    • Centro para la Educación y Acción Ecológica, Naturaleza, CEDAE
    • Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza - Guatemala
    • Pronatura Mexico A.C. - Mexico
    • Unidad Presupuestada de Servicios Ambientales (UPSA) – Ministerio de Ciencias, Tecnologia y Medio Ambiente

    BMU grant:
    6.054.382,00 €

    01/2018  till  12/2023


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