Community Participation in the Development of Climate Change Resilience Strategies for Coastal Areas
Organization: Paisajes y Personas Resilientes, A.C.
The mission of this organization is to contribute to increasing the resilience of ecosystems and of persons living in rural and urban settlements.
Location: Veracruz; Localidad de Las Barrancas, Alvarado; Localidad Mata de Uva, Alvarado; Localidad El Bayo, Alvarado.
Other Organizations Involved: National Technological Institute of Mexico, Veracruz Campus; Kanan Kay Alliance (Quintana Roo); Fishers of the Celestún Fish Refuge (Yucatán); Fishers of the Zapotitlán Community Fish Reserve (Veracruz); Institute of Ecology (INECOL, A.C.); San Luis Potosí Institute of Scientific Research and Technology (IPICYT); Collective on Interdisciplinary Applied Science and Environmental Law (CICADA, A.C.); Ecoguías La Mancha en Movimiento SSS (a community ecotourism enterprise); University of Guadalajara; Center for Research Studies on Sustainable Development, UAEMX; Thor Edmundo Morales, independent consultant (expert in participatory videography)
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As a coastal state subject to hurricanes, Veracruz is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The community of Las Barrancas, which is located on a narrow strip of sand between the sea and a mangrove forest, is economically dependent on the fishing cooperatives of men and women, who operate in the Veracruzan Reef System National Park. The project proposes to transfer knowledge and create skills in the local population that will help them protect the mangrove ecosystem, recover ecosystemic services, and reduce their vulnerability to climate change. At the same time, the project proposes to help beneficiaries acquire tools to address such water-related issues as the loss of freshwater bodies, well water salinization, and increasing the population’s access to freshwater. Likewise, the project will endeavor to increase incomes by promoting better fishing practices and ecotourism. The overall goal will be to ensure sustainable livelihoods over the long term.
A community that is organized and trained to confront climate change, with solutions to issues related to mangrove conservation, access to freshwater and best fishing practices: solutions which, moreover, result in higher incomes from fishing and ecotourism.
- Training and awareness workshops on:
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Ecosystems and ecosystemic services
- Erosion issues
- Participatory videography
- Best fishing practices
- Environmental education for children on the ecosystems in their communities.
- Assessment of real water resources availability and water quality in the community.
- Mangrove channel clean-up operations.
- Exchange of experiences with fishing cooperatives which have been successful in managing a fish refuge.
- Development of a participatory geographical information system for identifying fish refuge zones.
- Formation of an ecotourism working group.
- Construction of a raised platform for bird watching and/or food services.
- Evaluation of the area’s ecosystems.
- Evaluation of the area’s water availability and water quality.
- Identification of alternative sources of water.
- Economic diversification.
- Assessment of vulnerability to beach loss and possible solutions for reducing this risk.