Coastal zones like the coast of Mexico are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten infrastructure and financial investments while storms and weather events threaten communities and lives. Mexico has over 11,000 km of coast areas that previously had no nationally administered adaptation strategy for climate change vulnerabilities.
In 2008 an integrated approach program to support coastal zone management was launched. This program had the end goal of providing recommendations to legislators for building coastal zone legislation. The program targeted five areas: mitigation, adaptation, stakeholder support, benefits to the community, and impacts to biodiversity.
The project is ongoing, but its analysis and recommendations have been completed. The project recommends:
Enabling practices in this project included partnerships with universities, science centers, agriculture groups, conservation groups, non-government organizations, and government entities.