The AMBIO Cooperative and the Dirección Regional Frontera Sur, Istmo y Pacífico Sur de la Comssion for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) have developed and implemented the project "Monitoring of Vegetation Cover in NPAs of the Selva Lacandona and Zoque Complexes for the Formulation of Strategies to Reduce Deforestation ”, in collaboration with the organizations Global Forest Watch (GFW) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
The purpose of the project is to strengthen deforestation preventive activities in 11 Natural Protected Areas (NPAs) located in the state of Chiapas, involving community monitors trained in the use and management of the Global Forest Watch GLAD Alerts (GFW ) and the analysis of the vegetation cover.
This collaboration includes the Federal Reserves of the Lacandona Jungle, which includes the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve and the Selva Zoque -Sumidero Canyon Complex, which include three Natural Protected Areas under Federal jurisdiction and one under the State´s jurisdiction.
The main activities are: the identification of types of vegetation in the field, data collection of the areas identified in the GLAD Alerts (Deforestation Alerts), trainings and community technicians involvement, analysis of the impact of the main public policies in the Complexes, as well as the recollection of data for current vegetation maps in the two Complexes.
It is important to note that this has been developed and implemented with the involvement and support of the Boards of the NPA's and the State´s Board for Protected Natural Areas of the Ministry of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN). In recent months, the most important activity has been the gathering of information in the field, which will help identify the causes of deforestation in the study areas, as well as the contribution to updating the information that will be important for decision-making.