Sunset over a field

EJ4Climate Project

Community Mangrove Restoration and Regenerative Ecotourism

Organization: Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza

We work with communities to conserve Oaxaca’s biodiversity by promoting local initiatives that are climate change-resilient, improve livelihoods and generate community-based science.

Location: Littoral of Oaxaca, La Ventanilla
Country: Mexico
Other Organizations Involved: Lagart Real Cooperative, Fomento Social Citi Banamex, Inter-American Foundation, Conafor

Active EJ$Climate Project

© Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza


The Mexican state of Oaxaca is the most vulnerable to phenomena of climate change because of its geographical location between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2012, Hurricane Carlotta devastated around 80% of the Ventanilla Lagoon’s mangroves forests, thereby leaving this community’s population bereft of both protection and its principal sources of income—ecotourism and fishing, not to mention the loss of biodiversity. In response, the members of the Lagarto Real Cooperative undertook the arduous task of rehabilitating and reforesting the lagoon ecosystem by producing red mangrove seedlings and planting them under very difficult conditions.
In 2016, they succeeded in ensuring the Mexican authorities’ approval of their management plan for the community reforestation of 57 ha of mangrove forest.

This project proposes to reforest an additional 2 ha and to link this initiative with the elaboration of community ecotourism activities such as bird watching and the lagoon’s reforestation.


Main activities