Action plan for ecological connectivity in Jalisco
The Action Plan for Ecological Connectivity in Jalisco is part of the Bioconnect project, whose main objective is to integrate inter-institutional actions in order to contribute to the development of a national policy for ecological connectivity and integrated landscape management in Mexico. Bioconnect was signed in Paris in December 2017 between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
Jalisco was selected to participate in this project because of its ecological characteristics and its enormous natural capital, which provides important environmental services, economic sustenance and social well-being to the western region of Mexico. The Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development of the State of Jalisco (SEMADET) thought it necessary to have a plan that would allow it to coordinate the different actions of the public instruments that exist in the territory, and entrusted IDOM with its development.
The plan designed by IDOM is intended to be a coordination tool that, among other things, will make it possible to identify priority areas and guarantee the provision of environmental services and ecological connectivity, both within Jalisco and at the interstate level.
For this purpose, 6 main thematic axes of work have been proposed, and for each one, 5 actions have been designed, indicating their area of application, the institutions involved, and the state strategy or instrument to which they contribute. More specifically, the activities carried out were:
- Bibliographic review (public policy instruments, ordinances, academic studies on connectivity, conservation instruments).
- Statewide analysis of gaps and opportunities for ecological connectivity.
- Spatial identification of major biological corridors.
- Preparation of the state connectivity action plan.
This work, which has been validated by the State Biodiversity Committee in October 2022, is public and is available here.