In the context of the project "Maintenance and Increase of Carbon Stores in Rural Communities of the Zoque-Sumidero Canyon Complex, as a Mitigation Strategy to Climate Change, Chiapas, Mexico", The Fifth Ordinary Meeting of the Project´s Directive Committee was held, which is funded by GEF and supported by Conservation International (CI).
During the session, the general progress of the project was presented, as well as the advances by regions (Jungle El Ocote, La Pera and Sumidero Canyon) in which it is developed. The achievements and challenges in the incorporation of the gender perspective in the development of field activities within the communities was also presented, which was recognized as a necessary component to strengthen.
Compliance with the safeguards was reported, as it was indicated by CI. Compliance was shown through the indicators identified and monitored with the regional safeguards system, designed for the project, by a specialized consultant.
In this space, a Community Forestry Protocol was also presented (financed by the United States Forest Service), which will begin to be implemented the following year, with the participation of community technicians. Monitoring and registration of forest information, presence of birds, mammals and reptiles will be done. With these monitoring efforts, the communities are expected to recognize their natural wealth and knowledge, in order to strengthen their governance and the management of their territory.