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PENA-AZCONA, Ivett; ORTEGA-ARGUETA, Alejandro; GARCIA-BARRIOS, Raúl  y  ELIZONDO, Cecilia. Voluntary conservation areas in Mexico: scope and challenges. Ciencias Ambientales [online]. 2022, vol.56, n.2, pp.120-145. ISSN 2215-3896.


In Mexico, the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (LGEEPA) includes instruments that promote social participation in land conservation, through voluntary mechanisms. The Areas Voluntarily Destined for Conservation (ADVC) are a type of protected natural area under federal jurisdiction, which integrates a heterogeneous social participation. As of April 2022, there are 374 ADVCs in force, which maintain a total surface area of 606 132.11 certified hectares.


This article analyzes the scope and challenges presented by the implementation of ADVCs, in an international context of voluntary land conservation strategies.


We applied an information triangulation process for a qualitative analysis, which included structured interviews, review of official files and bibliographic review.


Eight thematic categories of analysis were obtained: certification background, certified area, land tenure, certification terms, types of ecosystems, administration and operation, certification process, shared management, threats and strategies.


There is a heterogeneity of experiences within the management of ADVC that is determined by the types of land tenure, the local management capacities, the link with the owner organizations, the types of governance and the interests that led to the establishment of the ADVCs. ten key aspects of the current state of these reserves were identified, useful to understand the experiences of voluntary conservation that can contribute to direct evaluation processes of the effectiveness of their management.

Palabras clave : comanagement; community conservation; conservation and development; natural protected areas; sustentability..

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