The AMBIO Cooperative collaborates in the project "Capacity development for forest monitoring in Mexico". One of the components of the project is the monitoring of biodiversity using a methodology called "High Resolution System for Diversity Monitoring (SARMOD)".
The SARMOD is executed jointly through the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C. (FMCN), in partnership with the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity
(CONABIO), with the purpose of gathering information of biodiversity in diverse ecosystems of Mexico.
AMBIO has collaborated in the monitoring of the Usumacinta basin, in Tabasco, for three years. as part of the project "Conservation of Coastal Basins in the Context of Climate Change (C6). . These species of flora and fauna, are sorted and identified, to see if they belong to any category of risk within the NOM-059SEMARNAT-2010.
Each year, the information is sent to the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C. (FMCN), which is reviewed and sent to the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) for safekeeping and processing.
Considering the thirteen samplings made in the three registration sites, a total of forty-one identified species are reported, of which fourteen are in some risk category (R), four species in danger (P), four subject to special protection (Pr), six in threatened category (A) and one categorized as extinct in the wild, the willow flycatcher(Empidonax traillii).It is very important to continue with the monitoring, to corroborate that it is the mentioned species, and if so, to strengthen restoration and conservation the area where it was found.
For the flora species, a total of 27 species were identified. One of them in the risk category, the american cedar or (Cedrela odoratalisted in NOM-059 as subject to special protection.
The fauna species registered in the SARMOD surveys are an indicator that there are still species that are moving among remnants of riparian vegetation, which highlights the importance of strengthening the connectivity between Centla Swamps Biosphere Reserve and the Area of Protection of Flora and Fauna Usumacinta Canyon, as well as, the need to establish a biological connectivity with the wetlands of Catazajá, Chiapas.