With the collaboration of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the City of Mérida seeks to specify the payment of more than 1,000 ejidatarios for the conservation of the Cuxtal Ecological Reserve, transaction which is expected to be closed by 2019.
“The Agency is carrying out the technical justification so that the support can be obtained, through the municipal fund in support of the Cuxtal Ecological Reserve. This is done on the basis of international examples like the one in Peru,” said the technical director of the Cuxtal Ecological Reserve, Albert Baena Regel.
Four points are being considered by which people can be benefited by the program and these are like exemptions, tax incentives, payment for the environmental service and land purchase.
“This project is important because in addition to an economic benefit we are encouraging the conservation of the area, which well generated would not only be good for the inhabitants close to the place, but for the entire population, but especially for the flora and fauna endemic of the region”, he explained.
Baena Regel said that before the end of the year, it needs to determined how the resources could come from the three orders of government and the private sector. And everything will be properly documented so that there is no speculation with the lands that make up the reserve.
“If you do not have a direct benefit of conservation, no program or project can work. The ideal is to have adequate remuneration, the basis on which it is starting is what Conafor grants each year to the ejidatarios, which is 500 pesos per hectare, which is obviously not enough to cover the expneses in order to conserve the environment, “he said. .
He specified that the payment would depend on the environmental services offered by their lands, which could be diverse, from the amount of pollination generated, the collection of water or carbon dioxide, among other types of criteria.
TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE