Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

Landscape Restoration

Project’s Official Name: Mobilising Private Investment for Community-based, Carbon Intensive Landscape Restoration (PILaR), 2013-2016

Cooperating Partner: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

The project "Anticipating REDD+: Mobilization of Private Investment for Landscape Restoration and Intensive Carbon Sequestration Based on Community Actions” which is implemented in Mexico in the three states of the Yucatán Peninsula, focuses on activities that facilitate the strategic cooperation between private investors and rural communities showing forest restoration potential in four countries: Ghana, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. This project is globally coordinated from the IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland and is executed directly by the corresponding regional offices in collaboration with partners of each country.

In Mexico, the project’s implementing partners are Pronatura Península de Yucatán and Reforestamos Mexico, and work is done in coordination with the environmental secretariats of the states of Yucatán (SEDUMA), Campeche (SMAAS) and Quintana Roo (SEMA), and with other actors in the region (TNC and CONABIO).

The main objective is to contribute to design a landscape restoration strategy that will represent the first step to achieve a formal commitment from the state governments of the Yucatán Peninsula to reach a reforestation goal in the Bonn Challenge framework, a global movement that seeks to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands for 2020. The project aims to promote the association between the private and community sectors in the region to restore landscapes within the framework of the REDD+ National Strategy. In addition, it will allow measuring the increase in investment flows by changing the land use practice and the long-term increase in carbon sequestration.

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