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NAPECA Project

Capacity building to reduce Climate Change vulnerability in the Usumacinta River basin (Tabasco, Mexico)

Organization: Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable, A.C.

Location: Centla, Jonuta, Macuspana & Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico
Country: Mexico
Other Organizations Involved: The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp), specifically, Conanp’s Coastal Plain and Gulf of Mexico Region (Región Planicie Costera y del Golfo de México), via the management teams of the Centla Wetlands and Usumacinta Canyon Protected Natural Areas (ANPs); Red Cross International-Mexico; the Civil Protection Directorate of the state of Tabasco; the municipal authorities of Centla, Jonuta, Macuspana and Tenosique; and community leaders from four communities (one per municipality)

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The Usumacinta River Basin has nearly a thousand square kilometers of river plain and the greatest biodiversity of any region in Mexico, as well as the least polluted hydrological system. However, according to the results generated by modeling the expected effects of climate change, this region is predicted to suffer high social and environmental vulnerability due to unusually heavy flooding and extreme droughts.

In January 2019, a workshop was organized with environmental authorities, members of civil society and community representatives from the municipalities in the state of Tabasco located in the Usumacinta River Basin. As that event made clear, the effects of climate change are already evident and not only impact the ecosystem but also human communities, in terms of their safety, health, economies, etc.

Local authorities and community representatives currently lack the organizational and training processes required to adequately address contingencies in a timely manner, much less to design long-term strategies.

This project seeks to strengthen the institutional capacities and community resilience required to confront the effects of climate change via the creation, training and equipping of collaborative networks in two federal protected natural areas (ANPs) in Tabasco, as well as demonstrate, via pilot projects in four municipalities, the functioning of ecotechniques (wood-saving stoves, “water pots” for rainwater collection and stilt house shelters) as a means of adapting to the effects of climate change at the level of communities and families.


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