Quintana Roo Mexico

At COP 13 of the Conventions on Biodiversity held in Cancun in 2016, Quintana Roo and the Governments of the Yucatan Peninsula signed a collaborative work plan for 2030 called "Agreement for Sustainability of the Yucatan Peninsula" (ASPY 2030). This agreement strengthens collaboration among subnational governments to facilitate transition and compliance with the Paris Agreement, the Bonn Challenge, Rio Branco Declaration and the Aichi Targets, among others. The implementation of the ASPY 2030 will occur through the Regional Climate Change Commission, formed through the first regional agreement on climate change signed at COP16 in 2010, and supported by NGO initiatives such as the Mayan Forest Observatory which generate inputs for forest policy. ASPY 2030 covers 8 components, each with specific lines of action: 

  • sustainable agricultural development, 
  • effective forest management, 
  • ecosystem conservation, 
  • water and ecosystems, 
  • sustainable coastal management, 
  • sustainable fisheries, 
  • green and responsible market development, and 
  • sustainable tourism 

ASPY is also supported by a Declaration of the Private and Financial Sector, in which 70 companies of great impact in the region have expressed their interest in contributing to social and environmental responsibility with corporate sustainability, which will contribute strongly to achieving the goals of the Agreement of Governors of the Yucatan Peninsula, ASPY 2030. The Governors of ASPY 2030 are: Mr. Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatan, Mexico; Lic. Carlos Joaquín González, Governor of Quintana Roo, Mexico and Lic. Rafael Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, Governor of Campeche, Mexico.

PartnersState governments in collaboration with private sector actors, civil society and the federal government
Initiative TypePublic Private Partnership
Initiative StatusDevelopment phase (implementation plan finalized in June 2017)

The Yucatan Peninsula Climate Fund was established in 2016 in association with the three Autonomous Universities of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. State governments participate as members of the fund's Advisory Council which has the mission of supporting the regional initiative to mitigate and adapt to climate change by funding regional climate priorities. It will also seek to be a regional counterpart in the REDD+ payment scheme of the FCPF Carbon Fund, in coordination with CONAFOR. This fund started operations in December 2016, in phase 1, developing the executive plan to implement the trust, coordinating the operational strategy of the Advisory Council, and designing the fundraising plan and the procedures manual. This Fund is a trust that allows capturing and distributing regional and state so that it can receive private and international resources for the development of climate policy actions.

PartnersThe Nature Conservancy, state governments of Quinatana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan, Autonomous Universities of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan
Funding SourcePrivate and International Funding including the FCPF Carbon Fund
Initiative TypeFinancing Initiative
Initiative StatusDevelopment of Executive Plan (first phase of implementation)

Food security for all can be improved at the same time in which the vision of diminishing, stopping and reversing the loss of forests globally is shared. Reducing emissions from deforestation and increasing forest restoration will be extremely important in limiting global warming by 2° C. In fact, forests represent one of the largest and most economically effective of the available climate solutions nowadays. Actions to conserve, sustainably manage and restore forests can contribute to economic growth, to poverty reduction, to the rule of law, to food security, to climate resilience and to the conservation of biodiversity. These actions can also help to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples dependent on forests are respected, as well as to encourage their participation as well as that of local communities in decision-making. We commit to do our part to achieve the following results, acting in a collective alliance, including ensuring that there are strong and large-scale economic incentives that are commensurate with the size of the challenge:

  • Reduce, at least by half, the rate of loss of natural forests worldwide by the year 2020 and make efforts to end the loss of natural forests by the year 2030;
  • Support and help meet the private sector's objective of eliminating deforestation caused by the exploitation of agricultural products, such as: palm oil, soybeans, paper and beef products; no later than 2020, recognizing that many companies have even more ambitious goals;
  • Significantly reduce deforestation derived from the other sectors of the economy by the year 2020;
  • Support alternatives to deforestation driven by basic needs such as subsistence agriculture and dependence on firewood for energy, in order to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable and equitable development;
  • Restore 150 million hectares of degraded land and forest land by 2020 and significantly increase the rate of restoration, globally thereafter, that would restore at least another 200 million hectares by 2030;
  • Include ambitious quantitative conservation and forest restoration objectives for the year 2030 within the post-2015 global development framework, as part of the new international objectives of sustainable development;
  • To agree, in 2015, to reduce the emissions derived from deforestation and forest degradation as part of a post-2020 global climate agreement, in accordance with internationally agreed norms and consistent with the objective of not exceeding a 2 ° C increase in temperature; and
  • Provide support for the development and implementation of strategies to reduce forest emissions.

This would strengthen forest governance, transparency and the rule of law; while empowering local communities and recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples, especially those related to their lands and resources.

PartnersState governments in collaboration with actors from the private sector, civil society and the federal government
Initiative TypePublic-private partnership
Initiative StatusIt was ratified early in 2018.

The MOU was signed by this Government in 2015, whose objective is to limit global warming to less than 2° Celsius, which the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say is necessary to avoid dangerous consequences. The shared objective of the Under2 Coalition is to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per capita, or 80-95% below the 1990 level by 2050.

PartnersThe state governments of different countries in collaboration with actors from the private sector and civil society
Initiative TypePublic-private partnership
Initiative StatusDevelopment phase