By Mariana Espinosa and Aurora Torres
In order to implement measures against climate change in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park and its area of influence, we participated in the Resilience Project between 2019 and mid-2020.
The Resilience Project is being implemented in 17 Natural Protected Areas in Mexico and aims to reduce the direct and indirect adverse impacts of climate change on biodiversity and human communities through the strengthening of effective management of the Natural Protected Areas.
As part of the project, direct actions were implemented in order to:
- Contribute to the protection of forest soils by water erosion.
- Reduce the risks of wildfires and the vulnerability of the natural areas of the mountains.
- Contribute to the capture of carbon dioxide in biomass.
Together, all these actions contribute to reducing the vulnerability of natural areas to climate change, and help reduce risks for the various ecosystem services that the Sierra de San Pedro Martir provides to society.
Some of the results of this project are:
- The forest nursery of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park was rehabilitated.
- 10 hectares (24.7 acres) were reforested with Pinus jeffreyi in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park.
- 60 hectares were intervened to reduce the risk of wildfires.
- 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of firebreaks were rehabilitated in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park and Los Montes de San Pedro protected area.
- 80 hectares (197 acres) were intervened to conserve and protect the forest soils.
- Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Astronomical Observatory (OAN-SPM) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
- The administration and park rangers of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park.
- Condor Project staff.
- Owners of the protected area Los Montes de San Pedro.
- Volunteer students of the Faculty of Sciences UABC.
The Resilience Project is executed by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico, and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).