Conquista Campesina is a community in the Pacific coast of Chiapas, Mexico. Their livelihood depends on small-scale agriculture and artisanal fisheries. Hurricanes and earthquakes have impacted areas of their mangroves. With your support, Pronatura Sur will donate funds to the community so they can restore wetlands and plant 50,000 mangrove trees, improving their fisheries' productivity, resilience, and biodiversity, and helping reduce climate change impacts globally and locally.
Conquista Campesina is a community of 400 people that Pronatura Sur has supported over the years, since 2012 in the Coast of Chiapas. They are exposed to the impacts of hurricanes, storms and forests fires. Agriculture and household needs have increased logging. Changes in the natural flow of water have increased the salinity and degradation of the system, which further affects fisheries and natural regeneration. The community is currently vulnerable to climate change.
Pronatura Sur supports the community with direct compensation for the ecological restoration of mangroves, which allow the poorest to have some income. The results will be: a) 1400 hydrological channels to reestablish hydrological flows b) planting 50,000 native mangroves seedlings in degraded areas c) annual monitoring of plantations to evaluate the progress of the restoration and prevent fires. d) 50% of the funding will support a community fund to strength their honey production cooperative.
Conquista Campesina with other leading communities is creating a mangrove corridor-barrier tree by tree. In ten years, 800 have been restored in Chiapas coast with the hard work of the communities. With this project, Conquista will be more resilient and will have the means to adapt to climate change. They will improve their livelihood through the creation of new economic opportunities and jobs. Mangroves reduce vulnerability, create habitats, improve fisheries, and mitigate emissions of CO2.