Mangrove forestry landscape restoration; an opportunity of social development in the Alvarado Lagoon System Ramsar Site, Veracruz, Mexico
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project supports the sustainable use of the Alvarado Lagoon System mangroves, following the vision of restoration and economic development opportunities for local communities.The project will install "mangrove wood productive units" with management plans based on the structure and mangrove growth rates. The project includes restoration of degraded mangroves that will become new timberproducing areas as well as technical training, market studies and wood sales strategy.
State of implementation/results
- 2,753 ha of mangroves were declared as Ecological Reserve of the Municipality of Acula.
- While adapting the ancient Mesoamerican technique of "chinampas" 201 ha of mangroves have been restored and more than 5 km of lagoon feeding channels unblocked, improving connectivity and strengthening restoration progress.
- Documentation is being submitted to the new administration of the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) to obtain the permit for the use of mangrove wood in 350 hectares as pilot forestry sites.
- The "Diploma Course on Ecological Restoration and Silvicultural Management of Mangroves" was developed in 2017. Participation included 58 experts’ conferences from 15 different countries and 34 practitioners from Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia.
- The capacity building strategy at community level has included 77 participants (3 ejidos, 2 private landowners and municipal authorities) and 110 young women and men in the environmental education program.
- The project has created and operated a monitoring system for biodiversity in the ALS. Hydroperiod, water quality, and fauna data have been recorded. The system provides data to generate guidelines for the conservation of biodiversity in mangroves under forestry management.
- A value chain analysis has been developed to better understand the market of mangrove wood and products from sustainably managed’ mangrove forests. Participatory workshops have been implemented with local actors to enhance the analysis.
- Communities have been supported to strengthen silvicultural management and to promote added value with other byproducts. Two sustainable beehive charcoal kilns were built and products are already being sold with local buyers. Furthermore presentation and packaging has been improved.
- The event “Exchange of community experiences: restoration, management and conservation of biodiversity in mangroves in Mexico” brought together 52 participants from 12 states in Mexico (17 and 18.06.2019). The event gathered different projects working on conservation, restoration and sustainable use of mangroves in Mexico. The knowledge exchange included leaders from community projects, researchers, federal government representatives (CONABIO and CONAFOR) and non-profit organizations.
- In 2019 the marketing campaign “Mundo Manglar” will be launched to disseminate the potential of mangrove wood and other products from sustainable managed mangrove forests, including catalogues, a web platform, and a package of media.
- DW-Global 3000 video: México: protección costera con tradición azteca. p.dw.com/…
- Aztec technology helps to tackle modern environmental problems. twitter.com/…
- Mundo manglar website: www.mundomanglar.com