Miguel Angel Palmas Tenorio Junior Water Official at WWF

"The tropical dry forest ecosystems are among the most endangered habitats in the world".

In the Copalita Zimatan Huatulco watersheds, WWF Mexico and local communities have developed reforestation and sustainable agricultural practices. Miguel Palmas, Junior Water Official at WWF, takes us behind the scenes. Move the world forward
Mar 24, 2021

In the project led by AXA, as part of the effort to conserve the watershed and biodiversity in the area, the reforestation done with native species in the three levels of the watershed - with pine-oak forests in the upper level, mesophile and forest gallery in the middle level, and tropical dry forest in the lower level - helps maintain eco-systemic services.

This practice causes deforestation and the erosion of land during rainy seasons. Therefore, more sustainable agricultural practices and crop diversification must be promoted in this area to reduce soil erosion, diversify the sources of food and income for local families, and protect the landscape.

Finally, in the lower level of the watershed, in the community of Barra de Copalita, we work with the Los Macuiles Copalita, which specializes in the reproduction and rescue of tropical dry forest species to preserve the diversity of tree species. The tropical dry forest ecosystems are among the most endangered habitats in the world.

The continuous participation of CCEs in these trainings ensures the continuity of the project in the coming years and contributes to empowering local communities; it also creates awareness of conservation, increases organic production, and strengthens local governance structures that support the conservation of the environment and local traditions.