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North American Collaboration for Conservation of Transboundary Protected Areas

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2013 - 2014

The transboundary protected areas in the Big Bend-Río Bravo region have been the focus of four years of CEC support to increase the ecosystem health and resiliency of the region to climate change. This region is a composite of riparian, grassland and mountainous habitats that harbors endangered plants and animals and supports migrating species. Project work has focused on identifying priority areas for conservation within these habitats, implementing joint strategies for adaptive management, and assisting communities with the development of sustainable livelihoods.

CEC Projects - Transboundary Protected Area Conservation

Key Accomplishments

  • Identified priority areas for conservation and developed binational strategies and monitoring protocols for the Rio Grande, its tributaries and its uplands
  • Engaged several communities in Maderas del Carmen, Ocampo and Cañón de Santa Elena in the implementation of opportunities for ecotourism and riverbank restoration activities
  • Planted about 3,000 trees within the fragile riparian zones of three tributaries to the Rio Grande
  • Monitored approximately 3,000 square kilometers of riparian habitats (including watersheds) for topography and vegetation
  • Collected seeds of native milkweed plants for use in future milkweed restoration and monarch butterfly conservation activities