Chiapas Mexico

The UK Space Agency through the International Collaboration Program initiated a project to improve global forest management and protection on 300 million hectares of tropical forest "Forest 2020" to assist countries with high biological diversity improve the management and conservation of their forest ecosystems, through the monitoring of tropical forests. Ecometrica is the international consortium that brings together international experts for the monitoring of forests in the world, including: University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester and Edinburgh Carbomap. For Mexico, window areas were selected in two states, Jalisco (345,531.82 ha.) and Chiapas (500,015.61 ha.), by signing collaboration agreements with local partners such as FIPRODEFO in Jalisco, PRONATURA-SUR, AMBIO and ECOSUR in Chiapas.

PartnersEcometrica and FIPRODEFO
Funding SourceUK Space Agency
Funding Amount$9’000,000.00 pesos to be invested through 2020; $1’630,000 pesos were invested from 2016-2017
Initiative TypeTechnical Assistance Partnership
Initiative Status$9’000,000.00 pesos to be invested through 2020, $1’630,000 pesos were invested from 2016-2017

Efforts to advance the SDGs include several forest related initiatives including: 

  • strengthening the network of forest nurseries and seed banks; 
  • harnessing forest resources under the criteria of legality and sustainability; 
  • implementing restoration actions in degraded forest areas; 
  • promoting a culture of awareness and integration of community forest management; 
  • incorporating forest areas into the payment environmental services program; 
  • regulating land use change and promoting conservation and sustainable land uses; 
  • reducing the area of ecosystem effected by forest fires, pests and diseases; 
  • increasing the area of forests under sustainable forest management to ensure the permanence of forested areas and generate benefits to owners; 
  • promoting the establishment, maintenance of commercial forest plantations and productive diversification.
PartnersPublic and private leaders of the government of Mexico and Chiapas
Initiative TypePublic Private Partnership; Government Planning Initiative
Initiative StatusInitiative launched in May 2017

The Ministry of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN) of the Government of the State of Chiapas and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are carrying out the design of a functional landscape restoration strategy with an approach that encourages productivity and supports the objectives set out in the Chiapas State Development Plan 2013-2018 and facilitates the fulfillment of the commitments made in different international agreements at the country level (the 15 goals of Aichi of the CBD, the UNFCCC REDD + goal , the zero net land degradation goal of Rio + 20) and at the state level (Rio Branco Declaration on rural low-emission development under the GCF Task Force).
The design of the strategy is the first step for the State Government to join the global Bonn Challenge initiative (, which aims at restoring 150 million hectares of land deforested and degraded by 2020 and 350 million by 2030.

PartnersState of Chiapas, IUCN, NGOs
Initiative TypeGovernment Planning Initiative
Initiative StatusDevelopment of the Action Plan 2017-2018

The parties to the agreement commit to implement efforts which promote conservation and encourage sustainable rural development in the State of Chiapas within the framework of the Emission Reduction Initiative (IRE).

PartnersState of Chiapas, IUCN, NGOs
Initiative TypeGovernment Planning Initiative
Initiative StatusAgreement Signed

On April 22, 2016, the Government of the State of Chiapas, through the head of the Executive Branch, signed an agreement with the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) a Coordination Agreement for the development and implementation of the Emissions Reduction Initiative through the investment programs with scope in the territorial district of the state of Chiapas.
The specific activities that will be developed under the Emissions Reduction Initiative have been defined according to local realities to ensure that the causes of deforestation and forest degradation in each region of the State are addressed.
To implement the economic activities in a sustainable and long-term manner, it is necessary to have a state financing scheme that allows to attract financial resources from different national and international sources, public and private, that can function as an impact investment for the development of sustainable rural activities and capacity building in the producers, associations of producers, ejidos and communities of the state.

PartnersGovernment of Chiapas, CONAFOR, World Bank, FCPF
Funding SourceNational and International sources from public and private sectors
Initiative TypePay for performance, Private Investment
Initiative StatusAgreement in process

The PES is the operational instrument for environmental and social risk management through which Chiapas, as one of the 5 Mexican states within the Emission Reduction Initiative (IRE), will promote the guidelines, mechanisms and procedures established in the World Bank Safeguards Framework to reduce and manage risks, and enhance the benefits associated with REDD + activities that will be developed within its territory associated with the intervention area established in the Investment Program registered in the IRE. The PES will have a validity of 5 years, period in which the IRE will be executed. Chiapas drafted its Plan, which Mexico proposed to the World Bank in June 2017. After the validation, the final version of the PES will be integrated in each of the 5 Mexican states.

PartnersNational Forestry Commission (CONAFOR)
Initiative TypeIndigenous Peoples Initiative
Initiative StatusIn progress (draft plan)