Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation Criteria in Mexicos Tourism Sector with Emphasis on Biodiversity-rich Coastal Ecosystems

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 26, 2020 to October 26, 2026

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.b Monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism
  2. 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  3. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Project ID: 5766

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Ecosystem-based mitigation


  • Marine
  • Wetlands


  • Coasts
  • General
  • Mangroves
  • Marshes

Transformed sector(s)

  • Aquaculture
  • Tourism

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Normative support


  • Management operation
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Capacity building


  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Blue carbon
  • Coastal risk reduction
  • Community capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 12.b Monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism
  • 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

The project will lay down the foundations of the long-term public policy regarding BD-friendly low-carbon tourism, and encouraging specific activities that demonstrate the viability of Sustainable Tourism Development models that integrate BD-conservation and CC mitigation criteria, thus ensuring long-term survival of the biodiversity and ecosystem services they provide, while contributing to the maintenance of important blue carbon sinks (wetlands, saltmarshes, mangroves, seagrasses, among others). The project would provide a cohesive legal and institutional foundation with an emphasis on active participation of the local communities and developers to generate an enduring change in the planning and management of tourism development in coastal areas and throughout Mexico.

USD $7,369,863

Grant amount

USD $52,712,089

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($7,369,863)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Mexico

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