Yucatán Mexico

At COP 13 of the Conventions on Biodiversity held in Cancun in 2016, Quintana Roo, 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 Goals 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 social and environmental responsibility towards 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 partnership with the three Autonomous Universities of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The state governments participate as members of the Advisory Council of the fund which has the mission of supporting regional initiatives 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, designing the fundraising plan and the procedures manual. This Fund is a trust that allows the capture and distribution of resources in a regional and state way, 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)

The Government of the State of Yucatan's Carbon Management Plan (PGC) is an instrument that establishes the strategy and action plan to reduce GHG emissions generated directly or indirectly by the use of fossil fuel based energy in government-owned buildings by 10% by 2020 compared to 2015. This will be achieved through the implementation of energy efficiency projects and public servants' awareness of energy efficiency and employment of technologies for the use of renewable energies. The Yucatán Carbon Management Plan (PGC) was funded by the British Government in Mexico through the Prosperity Fund in 2016 to receive specialized technical assistance from the international non-profit organization The Carbon Trust. This initiative also receives resources from the Future Fund of the State & Regions Alliance, an international alliance of local governments against Climate Change, in which the Government of the State of Yucatan has been a part since 2016, in order to establish the Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation System of the Carbon Management Plan.

PartnersThe British Embassy Energy Initiative (Prosperity Fund); State & Regions Alliance (Future Fund)
Funding SourceThe British Embassy Energy Initiative (Prosperity Fund); State & Regions Alliance (Future Fund)
Initiative TypeEnergy Initiative, Technical Assistance Partnership
Initiative StatusImplementation of the "Sustainable Footprint" program to develop actions of the Carbon Management Plan and MRV development.

This is a public policy instrument aligned with the implementation of the State REDD+ Strategy that seeks to address the potential social and environmental risks derived from the implementation of sustainable rural development actions in the territory, in accordance with the provisions of the UNFCCC Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Safeguards and the national provisions relating to the National Safeguards System (SNS) and the Safeguards Information System (SIS). Priority topics include good forest governance, respect for the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples, protection of biodiversity and the sustainability and integrity of emissions.

This instrument seeks to delimit the applicable legal framework in the field of human rights, transparency and access to information, indigenous peoples, environment, sustainable rural development, sustainable forest development, as well as the institutional and compliance framework that allows to successfully address the social and environmental risks identified in the state regarding the implementation of REDD+.

PartnersState agencies such as the Ministry of Urban Development and the Environment (SEDUMA), Ministry of Rural Development (SEDER), Institute for the Development of Mayan Culture of the State of Yucatan (INDEMAYA), Institute for Equality between Women and Men in Yucatan (IPIEMH); Secretariat of Planning (SEPLAN). Including the participation of CSOs such as the World Bank, Pronatura, among others.
Initiative TypeIndigenous Peoples Initiative
Initiative StatusUnder development

The Special Concurrent Program of the Maya Milpa Regions and Area of Influence of the State of Yucatan recognizes the historical, environmental, social, economic, cultural and legal factors that affect the milpa as a form of production and reproduction of the Maya community in the State of Yucatan. It identifies and develops proposals to improve living conditions and increase levels of well-being for Mayan families. The Milpa Program of the Milpera Region and area of influence has the purpose of guaranteeing and promoting the responsible and efficient use of the ecosystem services that ecosystems provide to society and whose benefits are distributed as widely as possible for human well-being.

PartnersState Government units that make up the Intersecretarial Commission for Sustainable Rural Development; State Council for Sustainable Rural Development.
Initiative TypeIndigenous Peoples Initiative
Initiative StatusIntegration of the Intersecretarial Commission for Sustainable Rural Development and budget programming for 2018.