December 22, 2016

Chiapas starts with the design of a functional landscape restoration strategy

The Government of Chiapas and IUCN will work together to promote the functional restoration of the landscape in the State, promoting “green development” and promoting the increase of carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services.

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Photo: Luciana Ludlow Paz

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, March 10, 2016. With an official event of the Ministry of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN) of the State of Chiapas, the design strategy functional landscape restoration for the state was launched. This launch follows the expression of interest signed by the State Governor, Mr. Manuel Velasco Coello, to develop and implement a strategy to restore the productivity and functionality of deforested and degraded landscapes in Chiapas and to define a Formal commitment (in hectares) in the Bonn Challenge, a global initiative proposing the restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
The event, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), was organized with the purpose of bringing together government, producer and civil society sectors that will participate in the development of this strategy through a participatory process that will take place With the support of IUCN and its allies, over the next 10-15 months. In this process, the Government of Chiapas will act as the principal agent, seeking the collaboration and direct participation of other interested parties, specifically other agencies, as well as representatives of civil society and local community organizations.
During the meeting, a programmatic calendar was established to define the potential for restoration and to identify actions and financing strategies, using the ROAM (Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology) methodology. This process will be based on a landscape design melbourne restoration concept that allows the recovery of its functionality in terms of support to productive systems (agriculture, livestock, forestry) and considering associated ecosystem services, such as habitat provision for biodiversity, capture Of carbon and regulation of hydrological flow, among others.
The recovery of these functions for the degraded areas of Chiapas will contribute to improving the livelihoods of the local population and at the same time will support the compliance at jurisdictional level of the national goals established by the Government of Mexico in the framework of its international commitments, Such as compliance with CBD’s Aichi Objective 15, the UNFCCC REDD + target and the Rio + 20 land degradation target, and at the state level with the Rio Branco Declaration on rural low-emission development signed by the Government of Chiapas in the framework of the Working Group of Governors on Climate and Forest (GCF).
The landscape functional restoration strategy will also support the implementation of the Chiapas State Development Plan 2013-2018 and the achievement of its objectives, in particular: to increase the profitability of agricultural activity in the State with sustainable criteria; Generate jobs by promoting the attraction of domestic and foreign investment based on green economy business models; To consolidate the implementation of ecological and territorial planning programs and their inclusion in all territorial programs; To promote forestry development as an instrument for the conservation of ecosystems and the engine of the economy, to conserve the natural capital of the State by strengthening the conservation and sustainable use of native species and reducing the degradation and fragmentation of habitats; Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants through the reduction of emissions produced by land-use change and by implementing a participatory and inclusive state strategy for climate change. The restoration of the landscape and a potential future commitment of the State Government in the global initiative of the Bonn Challenge will contribute to promote the value of Chiapas in the world, promoting international cooperation in strategic issues for the development of the State.