Integrated landscape management allows the conservation of forests and rural and urban green areas to achieve ecological connectivity. This allows cities to address interests and sectors at different scales and levels of planning for territorial management. Landscape management promotes the strengthening of governance mechanisms, biodiversity conservation, and the creation of green infrastructure networks.
This approach facilitates the adaptation of communities (and society in general) to climate change, thereby decreases the vulnerability to a broad spectrum of climate change impacts, with co-benefits for vulnerable groups while preserving biodiversity.
In Mexico City, there are 24 Protected Natural Areas and a Community Ecological Conservation Area, covering an area of 26,047 hectares, which represent 17% of the Conservation Land in the City.
Due to their eco-geographic characteristics, the content of species, and environmental goods and services, Natural Protected Areas make forest preservation essential. Urban Forests are Areas of Environmental Value located on urban land, where species of arboreal and shrub flora predominate. Other wildlife species, representing biological diversity, also contribute to enhancing the quality of the environment in the city.
“The conservation of biodiversity is a transversal axis of the environmental policy of Mexico City. Through Cities4Forests, we hope to promote the creation of green infrastructure that will allow the conservation of biodiversity through the gradual reconstruction of green corridors. We are interested in the consolidation of the System of Natural Protected Areas and its integration into the Green Infrastructure Network of the Valley of Mexico Basin.”
Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo
Mayor of Mexico City
Mexico City includes numerous municipalities that have different green parks and natural areas. Urban forests in Mexico City equal an estimated 910 hectares together, while Natural Protected Areas include thousands of hectares pertaining to what are known as “Ecological Conservation Community Areas” and “Community Ecological Reserves”. These include: Cerro de Zacatepetl, Bosque de Chapultepec, San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, and others
In addition to these areas and reserves, Mexico City has numerous older National Parks that are co-managed with the Federal Administration in the nearby areas around capital. These include: Cumbres del Ajusco, Desierto de los Leones, El Tepeyac, amongst others.