Field Projects

Blue Carbon in Mangroves of Veracruz

This project located in the Costal Corridor of Tamiahua consists of implementing ecosystem restoration and reforestation strategies to promote biodiversity conservation in the region. We hope to achieve the establishment of nature-based solutions for the management of the lagoon. It is a project that seeks, above all, to benefit the landowners through these activities.

Basic information

  • Issuance of 46,575 - 93,150 quality carbon credits with Verra
  • Project financed by carbon credits
  • 250 people working on the project
  • 700 field sampling sites
  • Biomass estimation by drone flight with multispectral camera

Project Overview

The different stages of the project are as follows: 1) Analysis and diagnosis, 2) Selection of viable methodologies, 3) Baseline measurement of carbon stocks, 4) Certification by a recognized verification body, 5) Implementation of restoration and reforestation activities to increase carbon stocks and ecosystem protection, 6) Measurement and emission of carbon credits, and 7) Continuous monitoring, reporting and verification of the progress and maintenance of the project.

Details

Problems of the area

The ecosystem is degraded due to anthropogenic impacts, such as dredging, exploitation of mangroves for construction or their removal for agricultural use, cattle ranching, wastewater discharges, overfishing, and human settlements. Mangrove deforestation, overfishing, and water pollution are the greatest threats to the lagoon’s integrity.

Size and magnitude of the project

The total project area is 25,000 hectares with a mix of ejido and private property. We are starting with an area of activity of 5,000 hectares in 5 different ejidos with the idea of including a larger area in the future.

Natural conditions

This region constitutes the northern limit of an extensive, well-structured mangrove forest. There are areas of mangroves, grasslands and coastal dunes. It is fundamental for the conservation of multiple species of fauna such as armadillo, possum, turtle, raccoon, manatee, tortoise, rabbits, gophers, ares, a large number of aquatic organisms (shrimp, crabs, clams and oysters). Approximately 120 different species of fish that have been reported. It is also habitat for multiple species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, white ibis, cormorant, mexican water cockatoo, frigatebird, and calandra lark, to name a few.

Training

We provide training in first aid, risk management, forest inventory, and production and harvesting techniques compatible with the increase of carbon stocks and natural resources.

Benefits

Regenerating mangroves will contribute to the protection of coastal communities. For this reason, we are working to identify the interactions between the inhabitants of the area and the ecosystems. The goal is to establish sustainable production practices in the region to increase fish populations of flora and fauna. In this sense, we will be employing local communities in rehabilitation, restoration and surveillance work, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the area's inhabitants, thanks to guaranteed employment and the sustainable use of natural resources.