A $42 million project aimed to support socio-economic development, mainstreaming climate change resilience in local communities, and leveraging REDD+ initiatives to meet the country’s climate objectives.


Mexico has risen to become the second most populous country in Latin America, and has the 13th largest gross domestic product worldwide. Although Mexico’s overall economic and human indicators have improved steadily over the past decade, poverty is still widespread, especially among rural and forest-dependent communities. Development planning going forward will have to balance economic progress with poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The project is part of the package of World Bank engagement using $25.66 million in FIP grant resources and $16.34 million in FIP concessional resources in support of Mexico's ambitious Forest and Climate Change program. The project is a component within the overall framework of Mexico’s National Development Program and Mexico’s REDD+ Vision.

Objectives and Outputs:

The project contributes to the higher-level objective of ensuring the sustainable management, restoration, and expansion of Mexico's forest resources, while promoting local socio-economic development among poor rural communities including indigenous peoples, strengthening local communities’ resilience to climate change, and spearheading the global effort on REDD+.

The project would help consolidate and improve The National Forestry Commission of Mexico’s (CONAFOR) incentive programs for community forestry and environmental services, and utilize them as key elements of the national REDD+ strategy. It would also help strengthen CONAFOR as a world-class forest agency, promote the alignment of rural development policies and programs, and pilot innovative REDD+ approaches in two Early Action areas.

Of the three-component project, Component 1 focuses on policy design and strengthening CONAFOR to foster cross-sector collaboration among public agencies, and improve the quality of private technical assistance available to communities. Component 2 focuses on consolidating community-based programs on the national level. This includes participating in CONAFOR’s community forestry and PES programs to assist communities increase their level of social organization, sustainable forest management capacity, generate income, and improve livelihoods. Component 3 aims to streamline community-based REDD+ initiatives in Early Action areas.

The key beneficiaries of the 5-year project would be an estimated 4,000-5,000 Ejidos and Communities that would participate in demand-driven incentive and advisory programs supported by the project at the national level and in REDD+ Early Action areas. About one quarter of the total beneficiaries would be indigenous peoples.

The international community would benefits from the project to the extent that it would help reduce carbon emissions in Mexico and it would help develop replicable, scalable approaches for REDD+.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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Project Details
Cover Note | Project Information | Project Document | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on November 4, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 25.66 million (grant funding)
USD 16.34 million (concessional)
USD 420,000 (MPIS)

Comments and Responses:
Bank Information Center (November 4, 2011)
Bank Information Center (January 26, 2012)
Red Mocaf (January 26, 2012)
SAKBE (January 26, 2012)
IBRD (January 30, 2012)

Strengthening the financial inclusion of ejidos and communities through technical assistance and capacity building for low carbon activities in forest landscapes (IDB)
Project Preparation Grant
Preparation Grant Proposal | Proposed Decision
Approved on February 24, 2012 (Notification of Approval)
Approved amount(s):
USD 115,000 (PPG)