Workshop on Socio-environmental Conservation Objects

The workshop on "Socio-environmental Conservation Objects (OCSA) and Climate Change Adaptation Measures" was held for the El Ocote Forest Biosphere Reserve-Villa Allende Natural Resources Protection Area-Sumidero Canyon National Park , as part of the process for the preparation of its Program of Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC), in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

This workshop was attended by more than 30 people, including representatives of  the Scientific Advisory Network (RAC) of the Selva Zoque Complex of Protected Natural Areas, inhabitants of the communities that make up the Complex, collaborators from different institutions such as the National Commission of Areas Protected Natural Resources (CONANP), National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (INIFAP), National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), Secretariat of Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN) of the Government of the State of Chiapas, the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and Civil Society Organizations  such as, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), CECROPIA Local Solutions to Global Challenges AC, Systems and Ecological Decisions AC (SyDEC) and  the AMBIO Cooperative.

The role of climate change adaptation programs as planning instruments was highlighted. In addition, the main climate-related threats related to the Complex were shared as a result of the diagnostic process and community workshops held in micro-basins with high and very high vulnerability. They were selected and validated as OCSA, the water resources and their associated ecosystems, the forests (wet and dry), due to their social importance and vulnerability to sustainable agroecosystems.

También se analizaron los servicios ecosistémicos (SE) que éstos OCSA proveen y sus componentes de bienestar asociados. Desde la perspectiva de los actores institucionales se identificaron las condiciones de los SE de los OCSA y sus tendencias, identificando vacíos de conocimiento. La información compartida fue registrada en mapas del Área del Complejo. 355/5000 The ecosystem services (SE) that these OCSA provide and their associated welfare components were also analyzed. From the perspective of the institutional actors, the conditions of the SEs of the OCSAs and their trends were identified, identifying gaps in knowledge. The shared information was recorded on maps of the Complex Area.


Based on the information available, obtained as a result of the realization of community workshops and a spatial analysis, the preliminary identification of adaptation measures was carried out. Subsequent workshops will address the prioritization of adaptation measures and the definition of a possible investment portfolio, monitoring and evaluation actions.

A challenge identified by the participants is to encourage the participation of a greater number of institutional and social actors that can contribute to this process and be part of the Technical Group for the implementation of the PACC.

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