Background

Northcentral Veracruz still offers a continental biotic system of mesophyllic woodlands, forming part of the biosphere in the Bobos Nautla-Misantla River basin, accounting for 8.3% (28,808 hectares) of the basin area. This joining of systems contributes a special environmental wealth to region’s natural landscape, as it supports 66% of the biodiversity in the state of Veracruz. Therefore, it is regarded as a hydrological basin of unquestionable value, warranting urgent rescue in the country.

Goals

  1. To increase, through training courses, the understanding and awareness of residents in communities near the Gavilanes, Jalacingo, María de la Torre and Alseseca Rivers, so that they are actively involved in the conservation and sustainable management of the reforested area.
  2. To reforest 60 hectares along the Gavilanes, Jalacingo, María de la Torre and Alseseca Rivers with native species proper to the mesophyllic mountain forest.

Main activities

Results

With a coverage of 60 reforested hectares, the aim is to conserve 44.28 m3/ha/year of soil in the project region, and to increase the catchment and recharge of underground water by 1,375.2 m3/ha/day to support and strengthen the mesophyllic forest system. The 21 participating towns will be permanently incorporated into the conservation of nature trails through the reforestation.