Mexico is known as one of the world’s most megadiverse countries and a center of plant domestication.

According to a 2011 study conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), more than a quarter of Mexican territory has lost its natural ecosystems. Grasslands are under threat by land-use changes and unsustainable agricultural practices, overgrazing, and crop clearing.

Because of a lack of incentives to promote crop diversification, the country has not fully realized the economic potential of its agrobiodiversity wealth, including genetic diversity.

Mexico has presented significant development strategies and policies – such as the Mexican Strategy for Plant Conservation 2012-2030 – that are directly related to biodiversity.

First adopted in 2000, the National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NBSAP) is being updated along six strategic lines: knowledge, conservation and restoration, sustainable management and use, factors related to pressures and threats, environmental education and culture, mainstreaming and governance.

Given the challenges to monitor and review the NBSAP implementation in view of the upcoming GBF, there is currently a need to increase the quantity and quality of information, develop ad hoc indicator and monitoring systems, to meet the global biodiversity framework goals.

In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), our project is aiming at supporting close coordination at local level to identify and support strategic activities that could foster the implementation of the GBF and mitigate some of the environmental issues faced by the country.

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