ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND ECONOMIC VALUATION OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PROVIDED BY COASTAL FORESTS (MANGROVE FORESTS, FLOOD FORESTS, RAIN FORESTS AND SCRUB FORESTS ON DUNES) AND THEIR AGRICULTURAL REPLACEMENT SYSTEMS ON THE CENTRAL COASTAL PLAIN OF VERACRUZ, MEXICO
The project aims at a quantitative assessment of the goods and services provided by the various types of tropical forests and coastal forests (mangrove forests, tropical flood forests, rain forests and scrub forests on dunes), on the coastal plains of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico. Services to be evaluated will include flood containment, carbon sequestration, improved water quality, and accelerated regeneration). These services will also be assessed from the economic point of view, and criteria will be developed jointly with local communities for monitoring and valuing these benefits, thus encouraging sustainable use of these ecosystems. A comparison will be drawn between technical data and local community perceptions of potential benefits and products from these tropical forests, and the evaluation of services gained for paddocks and agricultural fields created by cutting down these ecosystems. Material will be developed to publicize valuation and assessment of environmental services outcomes among the population, and workshops will be organised with government sectors to transfer information and seek their inclusion in payment for environmental services schemes. The project will contribute to sustainable forest management and to the valuation of coastal forests with similar conditions throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Pacific Region.