Tabasco Mexico

In Tabasco, most of the land is used for agricultural and industrial purposes (85% of the territory), with remnants of forests on 5% of the surface and extensive areas underwater (popales and tulares) or covered by wetlands with aquatic vegetation. The state government has identified 282,240 hectares of forests that must be protected from deforestation and forest degradation in the southern highlands adjoining Chiapas and in the hills of the Tenosique-Balancan region. To solve the State's REDD + problem, five activities are proposed, including landscape approaches to the conservation of carbon stocks, and the transformation of the landscape for carbon capture, and support activities to achieve a comprehensive approach in the assessment of financial needs, the design of a monitoring and evaluation framework, and the linking and dissemination. The general objective of the proposal is to decree a state REDD + strategy with an investment plan, agreed through a participatory process.

The first activity related to landscape conservation to maintain carbon stocks consists of two sub-activities; the design of a plan for the protection of carbon stocks in forests totaling 282,240 hectares, and the design of a work plan for the conservation of agroforestry systems totaling 55,990 hectares. The second landscape transformation activity for carbon capture is also made up of two sub-activities; the design of a work plan for the productive reconversion of livestock with silvopastoral systems and the design of a work plan for the establishment of commercial forest plantations with species native timber. 

In terms of the theory of change, the first work activity would result in the conservation of the collections, avoiding the processes of deforestation and forest degradation. Secondly, silvopastoral systems and forest plantations are agents that would transform the landscape from a herbaceous level to others with different strata from undergrowth to arboreal canopies.

The third activity is based on an assessment of the financial needs to know the amount, type, and possible sources of national and international financing that would be needed for the implementation of REDD + actions in Tabasco. The fourth activity is the design of a monitoring and evaluation framework to establish the baseline and quantify future REDD + actions. The last activity ensures the link and dissemination for the participatory design and the promotion of a REDD + strategy in the State.

Adding all the hectares with a potential REDD + for the state of Tabasco, would amount to an estimated 2 million hectares, with actions that could be developed in a period of 2019-2024.

PartnersGovernment of the State of Tabasco - Conservation International Mexico
Funding SourceNorway
Initiative TypeJurisdictional Planning
Initiative StatusProposal Submitted