As part of the closing activities of the Project "Maintenance and increase of carbon stores in agroforestry systems in rural communities of the Zoque Jungle - Sumidero Canyon Complex, as a strategy for climate change mitigation Chiapas, Mexico", was carried out the Sixth Session of the Project´s Steering Committee, with the participation of the implementing partners in Chiapas.
The objective of the Session was to present the progress of the Project, as well as to identify the lessons learned and the alternatives of continuity. The project has 80% progress in its planned activities. Among these advances, stand out: 18 communities integrated to the project; 380 participants (307 men and 73 women); 19 community technicians; activities in 4 state and federal Reserves and 1 Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation; design of safeguards and 17 partnerships with institutions and organizations (implementing partners).
Reforestation works were carried out with productive systems of improved practices, and primary and secondary forests were maintained with sustainable practices; beekeeping, coffee and milpa workshops were given under a gender perspective; a Strategy for Fire Management in the Complex was developed; Modules for mushrooms cultivation were established; a Forest Community Protocol and currently is under development a Protocol for Community Monitoring of Biodiversity.
One of the strengths of this project was the importance of collaborative work with partner institutions and organizations, which allowed substantive progress in the development of activities and the resolution of problems in an effective manner. Two areas of work that highlight the success of this collaborative work are the reforestations made in the Reserve Area of the Sumidero Canyon, called Loma Larga and in the Voluntarily Conservation Area (owned by the Autonomous University of Chiapas) called Los Bordos.
As a continuity strategy, it has been identified that the communities can participate in the Scolel'te Program for the capture and carbon credit sales, in the Project Forests 2020, activities of the US Forest Service Project, as well as other productive projects.