Laguna San Ignacio, Sustainable Development Report

Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico

UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Laguna San Ignacio

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees project in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Sustainable Development in Laguna San Ignacio

SeaTrees has supported the planting and regeneration of mangrove forests in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico, beginning in March of 2022 in partnership with local planting partners WILDCOAST and the local community.

WILDCOAST has partnered with a local group of women, “Mujeres de El Dátil,” trained to operate the entire project, including mangrove seedling collection, planting, boat operation, and monitoring. In future years, this group will train and empower other women throughout Baja California and Mexico to do the same in their own communities.

Creating Sustainable Benefits

Key Impact Metrics

- 20,000 mangroves planted over 25 acres of tidal zones, with a goal to plant 40,000 before the end of the year

- Provides living-wage employment to the local community

- 11+ women trained in project management and monitoring

- Protects local areas and communities from sea-level rise and increased storm surges

- Safeguards critical gray whale nursery habitat

Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project

SeaTrees evaluates this project annually to measure its impact on all relevant Sustainable Development Goals. The Laguna San Ignacio project addresses seven SDGs. Read below for more details.

No Poverty

The families and communities of the Laguna San Ignacio area depend on the local ecosystem for income and survival. Recently, climate change and its increasingly intense tropical storms and sea-level rise pose emerging threats to this region. In partnership with WILDCOAST, this project has created several paid jobs and training opportunities for local communities, allowing for an increase in stable income in the region and potential for future expansion.

Zero Hunger

The communities of the Laguna San Ignacio area are active fishing cooperatives, whale watching outfitters, and small-scale ranchers, all relying primarily on the surrounding ecosystem for food sources. The mangroves planted through this project will provide nurseries and feeding grounds for commercially important fisheries and other wildlife, both of great economic value, which sustain food and income for the local communities.

Gender Equality

Gender equality is a fundamental goal of this project. The Laguna San Ignacio project is led by a group of 11 women trained by WILDCOAST in mangrove restoration and responsible for conducting all related activities, including mangrove seedling collection, planting, boat operation, and project monitoring. This will also build and increase these women’s capacities to manage the project, train others, and develop communication skills to advocate for themselves and their community for future generations.

Decent Work

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Climate Change

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Life Below Water

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Life on Land

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To read about the UN Sustainable Development Goals in detail please reference this link.