Mangrove forestry landscape restoration; an opportunity of social development in the Alvarado Lagoon System Ramsar Site, Veracruz, Mexico
As of: June 2019
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 and hydrologically connected key wetlands are protected as private conservation areas-- The initial restoration goal (350 ha) has been exceeded through hydrological restoration. More than 3 km of lagoon feeding channels have been unblocked, impacting on the restoration of 1,935 ha-- A mangrove biodiversity management guide was developed-- "Diploma Course on Ecological Restoration and Silvicultural Management of Mangroves" has been instituted as an instrument for capitalizing on experiences and feedback on a national and international level (virtual and face-to-face). The course gathers more than 60 experts.-- Forest management plans have already been drawn up for 2 pilot sites: 1 private property of 756 ha and the other the ejido Poza Honda, with 469 ha.-- The project has created and operated a monitoring system for biodiversity in the Alvarado Lagoon System. Hydroperiod, water quality and fauna data are recorded. The purpose of the system is to provide data for the construction of guidelines for the management of biodiversity in mangroves under timber exploitation.