STA's Pronatura Sur Supports Bonn Challenge of Restoring Degraded Lands

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN) of the State of Chiapas, Mexcio, with the support of STA Member Pronatura Sur and the GCF - Mexico, began the design phase of a restoration strategy that will contribute to achieving the objectives set in the National Development Plan of Chiapas 2013-2018 and of the commitments made in various international agreements.

The Chiapas State Government joins the global initiative of the Bonn Challenge, which has the objective of restoring 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030. Mexico committed to providing 8.5 million hectares to the overall goals of restoration. During COP 21 in Paris, the governments of Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo also launched their commitment to the Bonn Challenge to restore 2 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, contributing to the goals set at the federal level.

To support the development of the landscape restoration strategy for Chiapas, several activities will be carried out based on 4 basic components following the ROAM methodology (Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology) developed by the IUCN. 

This effort seeks to promote partnership between the private and community sectors in order to generate investment flows by changing land use practices and by increasing long-term carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services, as well as promoting the socio-economic development of rural populations.