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The preparation of the Management Plan for the Jovel Valley basin, in the Los Altos de Chiapas region, Mexico, is a step that adds to the process of managing and conserving natural resources in the region. This process has a history and has had multiple actors involved; recently includes non-governmental and governmental, academic and political, business and social, civil and international organizations.

The problem in a basin is generally complex and it is expected with this planning process, to contribute to complementary solutions with a comprehensive vision, because the participants in the planning process and those who have prepared previous studies that support the findings on the current situation, they are people from different disciplines, to mention a few, watershed management, economics, forest restoration, soil conservation, risk management, water quality and pollution.

The problem in a watershed
is usually complex and
is expected with this process of 
planning, contribute to
complementary solutions
with an integral vision.



Due to the interest that the different actors have had, among them, Civic Alliance, Municipal Council, Colonos and representatives of organizations, CONAGUA, INESA, ECOSUR, Na-Bolom, Pronatura Sur and UNACH, for the management and conservation of natural resources in In recent decades there is a broad panorama of the history and current state of the basin, there are numerous physical, social, environmental studies, diagnoses, work proposals, projects, among others, and progress has been made in the process of laying the foundations for the management of the basin.

The aforementioned actions have been strengthened in recent years by the perseverance of the Jovel Valley Basin Committee and with the participation of its members and guests, began in December 2009 and concluded in May 2010, a series of tours of field and work meetings that have served to conclude a participatory planning process with external technical support.

This document presents the results of this planning process. The presentation begins with a basin analysis, based on existing information and a complementary diagnostic exercise with information from interviews and field trips; It continues with the presentation of the basin model, that is, of the ideal state to be achieved and culminates with the management plan, which defines the strategic orientation of the management that is proposed to be applied by the key actors and residents of this basin.



Through consultation workshops, the following six strategic objectives and their respective success criteria were developed. They are described in detail below.


Watershed management managers carry out strategic actions to diagnose and promote the availability of water in sufficient quantity and quality for the different users in the basin.



Los actores clave en la cuenca contribuyen a la ampliación de la cobertura y la calidad de los servicios de agua potable, drenaje y saneamiento en la ciudad y principales localidades sin deteriorar el entorno.

Integral development

Integral development


Irrigation water users, with the support of managing organizations, apply sustainable agroecological practices and use better quality water, through the construction of modern and appropriate infrastructure that does not harm the environment and promotes crop profitability.



Promote that the key stakeholders of the basin make decisions and establish agreements within the framework of the law to promote citizen participation in the management and management of ecosystem services (water, biodiversity and clean air).

Integral development

Integral development


The key stakeholders in the basin seek to maintain ecosystem services (water, biodiversity and clean air) and recover the hydrographic system of the basin in the best possible way through the application of regulations, social norms and consensual actions.




The residents (girls, boys, women, men, youth and adults) of the basin, in their rural and urban areas, become aware of their relationship with the ecosystem and make responsible use of natural resources, demonstrating through their actions that recover the biodiversity of the basin, in order to generate the common good (lekil kuxlejal).

Integral development

Integral development




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