Climate change is altering river flows around the world, and Mexico is no exception. This phenomenon affects access to water, food production, and freshwater fisheries. Rivers degradation in the country is also related to the pressures of land use change caused by agricultural and livestock activities. River restoration has the potential to help ecosystems and communities better cope with climate events.
The River Restoration for Climate Change Adaptation (RIOS in Spanish) project aims to reduce the negative impacts of climate change in vulnerable watersheds in Jalisco and Veracruz by increasing the adaptive capacity of people and ecosystems through river restoration.
RÍOS is the first project submitted by Mexico to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The five-year project (2021-2026) is being implemented by the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN in Spanish), with the technical leadership from the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC, acronym in Spanish) In Jalisco, FONNOR coordinates its implementation in the Ameca-Mascota watershed.
To meet its objective, the RIOS project has three components:
- Increase forest cover and water connectivity with a vision of climate change adaptation through restoration, conservation, and better productive practices.
- Aligning public and private investments through the valuation of natural capital to scale river restoration for climate change adaptation.
- Design the National Strategy for River Restoration (ENRR in Spanish) for climate change adaptation.
Conservación de Acer binzayedii y otras especies amenazadas en el Parque Estatal Bosque de Arce, ubicado en la cuenca Ameca-Mascota, Jalisco.
Crédito de foto: Daniel Graf
Desarrollo e implementación del Programa de Unidades de Producción Agroforestal (ProSAF) del Paisaje Biocultural de Sierra Occidental de Jalisco (PBSOJ).
Crédito de foto: Oassis Huerta
Restauración forestal y riparia del río Huichichila para un paisaje con capacidad de adaptación al cambio climático.
Crédito de foto: Juan Fernando Escobar