The Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve is the site with the greatest biological wealth in Mexico. Its rainforest provides multiple environmental services, such as carbon capture, soil maintenance, as well as being the largest source of fresh water, with 85 billions of cubic meters. (WWF and IUCN, 1997)
In territorial extension, it represents 0.16% of the surface of the Mexico and it has 20% of the plant species, 25% of the birds, 27% of the mammals and 17% of the fresh water fish. In the case of invertebrates, for the case of diurnal butterflies, it has 44% of the national total (INE, 2000).
The importance in biodiversity of this reserve is of great relevance and it is one of the areas of incidence in the work of the AMBIO Cooperative. It has participated in the "First Ordinary Meeting of the Technical Advisory Board of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve", held in Ocosingo, Chiapas.
The objective of the Council is to align actions that focus on sustainable, scientific and beneficial development for the conservation of ecosystems of the reserve, in accordance with the actions of its management plan. AMBIO participates in this council contributing with knowledge in the management of forest resources, developed jointly with the communities of San Luis, Villa Las Rosas and Nahá; as well as, the buffer zone in the southeast part of the reserve, located in the Marqués de Comillas region, within the activities carried out with the Scolel'te program.
The objective of the meeting was to inform about the Annual Operational Program of the Reserve, as well to encourage the spaces of social participation that involve diverse sectors, such as the communities that are part of the polygon of the reserve and buffer zone, civil society organizations, the academy and research institutions.