Green Infrastructure in Mexico. Valuing Ecosystem Services

Symposium B5

Abstract: In this session, we look to show the advances, challenges and opportunities in Mexico to value ecosystem services in order to help Green infrastructure conservation and restoration.

Four panelists will teach the session: two come from the Academy, one from the government (Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary) and the last one from a Mexican NGO (Jacobea Foundation). Their purpose is to show the big opportunities that exist in this field in Mexico.

We will talk about Cultural Ecosystem Servicies and Tourism in Natural Protected Areas, about blue carbon and mangroves ecosystem services.

Likewise, we will present the proposal “Paying for ecosystem services in the Sistema Lagunar de Alvarado”, a big and rich ecosystem, pushed into a huge economic and social pressure, located in the coastal region of the Gulf of Mexico.

We will show some of the main programs that aim to pay for ecosystem services in Mexico, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each and making emphasis in the aspects that need to change to improve them within the basis of the beneficiary pays principle.

Tania Garcia, Ph D, University of Veracruz
Ana Karen Ricano, IA, Fundacion Jacobea
Isis Arlene Díaz-Carrión, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Gloria Cuevas Guillaumin, SEMARNAT Secretary of Environment


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