Submitted by: Roberto Antonio Pedraza Munoz
Implemented country: Mexico
Title: Development of ecosystem products in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve of Mexico
The Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, its sister organization Bosque Sustentable and partner institutions have created the Land Conservation Program in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve of Mexico. The program includes land acquisition (2,826 has) and rental (6,127 has) for strict conservation, payments for environmental services (12,506 has), and carbon sequestration in reforestations (1,823 has which have sequestered 44,080 tons of carbon and have provided income for dozens of local families). The payment for ecosystem services program targets properties valuable for both hydrologic recharge and biodiversity and compensates landowners for improved land stewardship practices (72 families to date). Both national and international funds have been raised to provide local landowners with alternative income and technical support. The resulting protection of the ecosystems of the Sierra Gorda and the environmental services that they provide benefits us all.