What happens on the ground at our CarbonPlus for Community-Led Rainforest Management project site in Mexico?
The Lacandón jungle is one of the most biologically diverse regions in Mexico. Located in the Cojolita mountain range in Chiapas, it serves as a biological corridor between national parks in Mexico and another in Guatemala. Since 2012, EcoLogic has been guiding indigenous Mayan landowners in the exploration of the REDD+ mechanism to see if how it could provide a source of revenue, and thus also create an incentive to keep a 35,000-hectare area of forest standing and healthy. Our work includes a number of activities to promote the full participation of these local Mayan communities, to enable them to make free and informed decisions about the project, and to ensure they reap the benefits of participation in international carbon-credit markets.
In collaboration with local universities and NGOs in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Campeche, EcoLogic is training “community brigades” how to measure how much carbon is stored in the forests where they live. This video explains EcoLogic’s community carbon monitoring project, supported by the Governors’ Climate and Forest Fund (GCF), and also provides an explanation of the methodology we use for estimating tree biomass volumes in the rainforest in Chiapas and Campeche, Mexico.
Want more information about carbon monitoring in southern Mexico? Read “Putting Carbon in Local Hands.”