BACKGROUND

The Lacandon tropical rainforest in the State of Chiapas is the most biologically diverse region of Mexico. It represents 50% of the remaining tropical rainforest of the country and is the last flooding rainforest of North and Central America that still remains.

Despite severe degradation, the Lacandon tropical rainforest still contains 1/5 of Mexico’s biological diversity, including the endangered scarlet macaw, harpy eagle, jaguar, tapir, howler and spider monkeys, and swamp crocodile.

GOALS

MAIN ACTIVITIES

Assist the ejido communities in identifying threats to their livelihoods and to the Lacandon rainforest ecosystems, caused by their agricultural activities and posed by climate change.

RESULTS

Build capacities for the design of strategies to adapt to climate change and the development of response measures, including internal regulations for controlling the use of fire on agricultural activities; avoiding hunting practices that target endangered species; preventing land use changes; and protecting the riparian vegetation and the Lacantún River and its tributaries.