Restoring Mexican mangrove forests creates opportunities for social development
As of: January 2021
Mangrove forests have a wide range of ecological functions. They are also economically significant, since they are a source of food (fishing) and firewood for local populations, which also use them for other purposes and coastal Mexican communities are often economically dependent on mangroves. The project aims to conserve and restore the Alvarado lagoon system in Mexico. The mangrove forests are being put to sustainable use, while continuing to offer economic development opportunities for local communities. Within the framework of management plans, the project establishes usage that is also oriented on the growth rates of the mangroves. It is also tackling the restoration processes that convert degraded areas into production zones, and producing market studies & marketing strategies for mangrove wood products. /
State of implementation/results
In the community of Acula, more than 2,700 ha of mangroves have been declared an ecological reserve.
59 ha of mangroves could be restored. --About 200 people from local communities could be temporarily employed.
The project is now accompanied by hydrological and animal monitoring. The resulting data will be incorporated into guidelines for the conservation of biodiversity in forestry managed mangrove forests.
A value chain analysis was developed to better understand the market for mangrove wood and products from sustainably managed mangrove forests.
Communities were supported to strengthen silvicultural management and to promote the value creation of sustainable wood, charcoal and honey.