WB board of directors approves US$ 11.7 million grant for Mexico

Friday, August 31st, 2012 8:06:24 by

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2012 – The World Bank (WB) Board of Directors approved a US$11.7 million grant today to promote sustainable production and in favor of Mexico’s biodiversity. It seeks to create sustainable
production systems combining production activities, natural resource management, preservation and conservation of biodiversity, in nine biological corridors located across six states: Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas.

The project supports more than 6900 small-scale producers, organized around 190 farmer groups and associations, with the intention of reducing continuing threats to protected natural areas and their species, while fostering economic
opportunities in rural communities. To this end, it will promote the adoption of improved plant nutrition systems, integral pest and disease management, as well as shade-tolerant crops. It also seeks to maintain the connection between “production landscapes”
—understood as the combination of production systems, natural resource management and conservation— and explore the possibility of bio-labeling to take advantage of the opportunities offered by green markets.

“The Sustainable Production Systems and Biodiversity project is innovative because it reconciles rural production with ecosystem conservation through improvements in the living conditions of rural farmers inhabiting those corridors,”
highlighted Pedro Alvarez-Icaza, General Coordinator of Biological Corridors and Resources at the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO).

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