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Regional Collaboration for the Management of Mangroves

Combining local and national initiatives to increase efficiency across an ecoregion

Development of a strategy for the conservation and management of mangroves in the Mesoamerican reef ecoregion, a participatory approach led by MAR Fund and the Smithsonian Institution.

Written by María José Gonzalez (MAR Fund) and Steven Canty (Smithsonian Institution)

resumen en español

The “Regional Strategy for Mangrove Management, Conservation, Restoration and Monitoring in the Mesoamerican Reef 2020-2025” is a guiding platform for shared actions across the four countries that make up the Mesoamerican reef (MAR) ecoregion, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. These actions, coordinated and agreed upon between different key stakeholders of the region, will enable the achievement of realistic and effective conservation goals. A strategic framework promotes coordinated and collaborative actions in the MAR ecoregion. The specific objectives of the strategy are:

Manage, conserve, restore and monitor the mangrove ecosystem in the MAR ecoregion.”

“Promote sustainable livelihoods that reduce stress on the mangrove ecosystem.”

“Promote the effective application of legal frameworks that protect the mangrove ecosystem through strengthening of institutions and key stakeholders.”

© María José Gonzalez / MAR Fund

Strengthen the governance and effective participation of all sectors that are linked to the mangrove ecosystem in the MAR ecoregion.”

“Develop a knowledge management, monitoring, and surveillance system of the mangrove ecosystem that feeds the decision-making process of stakeholders in the region.”

“Ensure financial resources for the implementation of the strategy, including instruments that promote equity and multiculturality in the MAR ecoregion.”

The strategy is available in  English and Spanish.