REDD+ early action implementation in Mexico's priority watersheds through the development of local governance mechanisms



The National Forestry Commission (Comisión Nacional Forestal, CONAFOR) is implementing a number of “Early Actions” at subnational level. These are not considered pilot projects, given the absence of full carbon accounting, however aim to address specific issues that will play an important role in the implementation of REDD+ activities (e.g. public policy instruments, governance schemes, etc.).  

The French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional Para el Desarrollo, AECID) requested 2 million EUR from the Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF) to replicate the pilot project that started in the Río Ayuquila watershed (state of Jalisco) to other important watersheds in the state of Jalisco and other priority areas, such as Yucatan Peninsula. The objective of the project is to build capacities at the local level (states and municipalities) and to develop methodologies and mechanisms to link rural development and sustainable forest management programmes in the poorest communities to the national REDD+ strategy and the international mechanism for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). 

A special focus is on the link between the national REDD+ strategy and local implementation, in particular regarding forest monitoring. In this way the project aims to contribute to the development of Mexico's system for Measurement, Reporting and Verfication (MRV). 

The project is being coordinated by CONAFOR, with implementation being carried out by hired personnel.