Field Projects

Carbon Offsets in the High Jungle of Chiapas

The aim of this project is to conserve the last remnants of high jungle in this region that are not protected under any federal or state program, ensuring that the owners of the land receive fair income for all the work that this implies.

Basic information

  • Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas
  • Production of carbon offsets
  • Between 6,000 and 14,000 annual offsets
  • Carbon offsets are certified by CAR
  • Satellite and survey drone images

Project Overview

The project proposal has already been presented to around 30 ejidatarios (landowners) on two occasions, with positive results. At the end of July, it will be presented at a general assembly, from which we hope to be able to officially start the project.

Details

Problems of the area

The Payment for Environmental Services Program (PSA in Spanish) of the National Forestry Commission is slowly disappearing due to a lack of budget. As a consequence, the ejidos that previously received this support to preserve their forests and jungles are running out of resources. This issue adds to the existing pressures to change land use to establish extensive cattle ranching and palm plantations. As a result, these last remnants of high forest that remain outside of Protected Natural Areas are at serious risk.

Size and magnitude of the project

In its first stage of development, this project involves an ejido that has a preserved forest area of ​​more than 2,000 hectares. We hope to include more ejidos of the area in future years.

Natural conditions

The Lacandon Jungle is a region located in the middle and upper basin of the Usumacinta River, in the eastern portion of the states of Chiapas and Tabasco. It is composed mainly of high and medium evergreen forests, although there are also other types of vegetation, such as high sub-evergreen, high and medium sub-deciduous, medium and low evergreen and low sub-evergreen forests, savannas, holm oaks, pine forests and deciduous forest. It is one of the last places in Mexico where there are still tall evergreen forests, and together with the remnants of the Yucatan Peninsula, northern Guatemala and Belize, it forms the most important massif of tropical forest in Mesoamerica, a region known as Selva Maya.

Benefits

This project will not only promote the conservation of the forest fragments that already exist, but will also help increase the forest cover of the ejidos involved. Likewise, it ties in with conservation efforts that have been carried out in the area for many years and actively involves the owners of the land.