Sustainable Development

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Over 14 years working for sustainnability in Mexico and Latin America!


Since the creation of Centro de Colaboración Cívica, and with the support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the program was created to promote a culture of dialogue and participation to ensure sustainable development in the country, considering environmental and social elements equally in public policy decision making.

Since 2006, CCC has built bridges on relevant issues concerning the protection of marine and coastal environments, especially in the Northwest of the country. Nevertheless, gradually and with the help of various partners, out interventions have also involved building agreements on participatory and responsible fisheries management, governance of protected natural areas, the creation of participatory strategies for air quality improvement, the participatory design of policies oriented to urban development and mobility, the entry into force of a circular economy model, as well as the implementation of mechanisms for dialogue and participation that promote a just energy transition.

With a clear to promoting a culture of dialogue, the Sustainable Development program continues to work on these issues and on the promotion of public policies that guarantee access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.


The Sustainable Development program has as its primary objective to promote -through multi stakeholder dialogue, awareness-raising and capacity building- mutual understanding between all parties involved in the design and implementation of coherent, effective and sustainable, policies for the conservation and management of natural resources.

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Sustainable Development Projects

2018-2020. Articulation of the multisectoral initiative for an Ideal Loreto

Since 2018, in close collaboration with Fundar and EcoAlianza, the #LoretoIdeal Initiative was launched, which articulates different interest groups of the organized civil society of the municipality of Loreto to work together for sustainability and the participatory management of the urban territory and the Loreto Bay National Park. The initiative has been articulated for the implementation of the Technical Standard for a Southern Baja California state without plastic and pursues the opening of civic spaces for participatory decision-making around urban development, hand in hand with the local government.


2017-2018. Map of perceptions, problems and proposals for the sustainable management of the Toluca snow-pick

Within the framework of the project “Towards a participatory governance of local development and natural resources management”, CCC with funding from the European Union, developed a participatory diagnosis of the situation in the Toluca snow pick, identifying possible lines of action and priority themes for the construction of a work plan of the Advisory Council of the Natura Protected Area for Flora and Fauna: Nevado de Toluca. With the close collaboration of Fundación Tláloc, CCC carried out a participatory process in which it was possible to identify the high values that different sectors grant to the mountain; the main impacts facing the Area; context challenges and opportunities for a sustainable management of its natural resources; and proposals for the attention of the such issues.

2017-2020. Facilitation of the collaborative advocacy process in the signature and ratification of the Escazú Agreement

Since 2017, CCC has been supporting the work of the organizations articulated in the Mexico Access Initiative to promote the adoption of the Escazú Agreement as a standard for the implementation of the rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters. Within the framework of this process and with funding from the Delegation of the European Union in Mexico, CCC sponsored the construction of a legislative impact study of the Agreement and has worked in different forums for communicating the advantages that this Agreement represents for guarantee participatory governance of natural resources in Mexico.


2017-2020. Towards an integral strategy for inclusive recycling

At the request of Petstar SAPI, CCC facilitated a participatory diagnostic process to identify the challenges and opportunities for the transition towards a circular economy model that integrates all the links of the value chain in the recycling industry, especially to volunteers of the cleaning service and to those who practice waste picking and separation (pepena), in order to promote a socially and environmentally responsible scheme. This process resulted in the realization of a forum of national scope at the Universidad Iberoamericana in 2018 and the approach of different actors that are articulated in the recycling processes in the country.

2016-2017: Mapping of concerns and proposals for the Morelos ProAire Initiative

At the request of the Direction for Air Quality of the State of Morelos, CCC has supported the generation of participatory inputs for the preparation of the Management Program to Improve Air Quality (PROAIRE 2017-2026) of the State of Morelos. In this context, CCC carried out an exploratory study consisting of the systematization of qualitative in-depth interviews with representatives from different sectors of the municipalities of Cuernavaca, Jiutepec and Zacatepec. The final product was presented to the State Sustainable Development Directorate and opened the discussion for the adoption of public policies for monitoring and improving air quality in the state.

iagnóstico participativo Pro Aire Morelos

2016: Strengthening the Kanan Kay Alliance

The Center facilitated the strengthening of multi-sectoral networks and alliances that work around the responsible management of fisheries, such as the Kanan Kay Alliance. In this Alliance, CCC has contributed to strengthening a multi stakeholder coalition that includes various cooperatives and actors from multiple sectors and areas of the State of Quintana Roo. CCC contributions focused on the methodological design of the process, as well as the facilitation of the assemblies to generate stable and legitimate agreements for the instrumentation of fishing shelters in the region.

2016-2018: Participatory feedback of the Law on Participation around Fisheries and Aquaculture

During this period, in close collaboration with Causa Natura, CCC facilitated a series of multisectoral meetings. As a result, inputs were generated to propose reforms to the General Law on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture that strengthen social participation in fisheries management and research. The process was attended by more than 120 participants from different sectors: legislators, productive industry, researchers, civil society organizations, academic institutions, experts, people in business and public officials of the three government orders.

2016. Inputs for the update of the Urban Development Partial Program: Lomas de Chapultepec

Between July and October 2016, at the request of the Miguel Hidalgo Delegation, CCC facilitated a participatory process with neighbours of Lomas de Chapultepec, to identify the main problems that should be addressed by a new Partial Urban Development Program (PPDU) from the neighbourhood. The result was a document, delivered to the Secretariat of Urban Development of the CDMX, which reflects the problems that the neighbours perceived in the area, its causes and relationship with the PPDU. It also collected specific proposals for the criteria of density, zoning, construction restrictions and mitigation measures, areas of environmental value and green areas of the program that are regulated under the PPDU; so they would respond to the ideal vision that those of Lomas de Chapultepec has.

PPDU Lomas de Chapultepec

2015: Definition of the Plan for Non-motorized mobilty in the center of Toluca.

In order to promote the mobility of pedestrians and cyclists in the capital of the State of Mexico, CCC facilitated two workshops for the study of the center of Toluca, together with the Municipal Planning Institute of the City Council of Toluca, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Transit and Transportation Solutions (SITT) from which inputs were obtained for a Non-Motorized Mobility Plan.

2015: Mapping perceptions in the context of the Patriotismo-Revolución cycleway construction

Within the project of construction of separated lanes for bicycles on Patriotismo and Revolución (Big avenues in Mexico City), CCC carried out a process of interviews during 2015 for the elaboration of a stakeholder map. The process helped to design this cycleway considering the visions of potential affected, involved and other actors related to the project.

2015: Recommendations for the NAICM participative planning

CCC facilitated four citizen forums in collaboration with CTS Embarq, the Mexican Center for Environmental Law and the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) to issue recommendations for the federal government on four specific issues related to the Mexico City New Airport: environmental impacts; competitiveness and economic development; urban planning, connectivity and mobility; and social inclusion.

2015-2016: National Strategy for Air Quality

During 2015-2016, CCC collaborated with the Ministry of the Environment (SEMARNAT) in strengthening the participatory process of the development of the National Air Quality Strategy (ENCA) to ensure that the design of the Strategy would consider the perspectives, concerns and citizenship recommendations. For more than a year, CCC participated in various meetings with the responsible group for preparing the ENCA, which was led by the General Directorate of Air Quality Management and Registration of Emissions and Transfer of Pollutants of the SEMARNAT. At the same time, CCC contributed to generate inputs for the process by conducting a participatory diagnosis that compiled the perspectives of various actors on air quality at the national level. CCC also coordinated various feedback workshops on the Strategy's lines of action with government agencies, private sector, legislators, local governments, academia and representatives of civil society organizations.

Diagnóstico participativo ENCA

2015-2016. Mapping of perceptions, concerns and lessons learned around indigenous consultation in Mexico

With funding from the United Kingdom Embassy in Mexico, during 2015 and 2016 a process was carried out to build a shared floor of information and skills among the actors involved in the implementation of Social Impact Assessments and Indigenous Consultation for social conflict prevention around renewable energy projects in Mexico. CCC built a document that covers a series of interviews with the Zapotec community of Juchitán and the Yaqui tribe in Sonora as well as companies, civil society organizations and government. The document compiles information on good practices and weaknesses of the Indigenous consultation, which is a mechanism that, in addition to being framed by international law, is promoted by the federal government and is institutionalized based on its inclusion in legislation applicable to projects of extractive and energy generation industries.

Completo Consulta Indígena

2014-2015: Dialogue process for the Comprehensive Sustainable Mobility Plan of La Paz

Between 2014 and 2015, CCC facilitated a dialogue process to obtain participatory inputs to nurture the Comprehensive Sustainable Mobility Plan of the City of La Paz, so that any technical action taken was following the needs and proposals of the society benefiting from these policies, as part of a process of strengthening the democratic exercise.

Mapa de Actores La Paz

2014: Manual of citizen participation in urban development and mobility issues

In 2014, together with ITDP, the Center carried out a research through interviews with officials, citizens and experts, literature review, field studies and systematization of findings, to produce a manual on the strategic lines of action regarding citizen participation for mobility planning and sustainable transport projects in Mexico City, which could be replicated nationwide.

2014: Mapping of concerns and proposals for the mobility of the Federal District and Nuevo León

Within the framework of two IDOM consulting projects, CCC carried out two maps of social actors to identify the main concerns and proposals to improve mobility in the “Perimeter A of the Historic Center of Mexico City” and for the preparation of a cycle Master Plan in the Monterrey Metropolitan Area.

2014: Mapping of actors for transport and mobility policies

In 2014, a consultancy was developed for the IDB and the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) with the objective of identifying and mapping relevant actors for a study that was the basis for a proposal of guidelines for socio-economic valuation of projects and programs of investment in transport infrastructure and mobility.

2014. Development of economic alternatives for the communities of San Xavier

During 2014, a participatory process -autonomous, plural and inclusive- was facilitated to generate inputs for the development of economic alternatives for communities with a more significant relationship with the San Xavier Minera. Through various meetings held over six months at the towns of Monte Caldera, Cuesta de Campa, La Zapatilla, Cerro de San Pedro, more than 300 opinions were collected from the various areas of the Minera San Xavier regarding the concerns and expectations to future after beginning the closing of operations, as well as on the development of the participatory process.

2013: Towards healthy and competitive cities

In 2013, CCC initiated a dialogue between representatives of the public sector, the private initiative, academia and civil society organizations to develop a document of proposals to improve air quality in Mexico, to reduce the impacts of air pollution, strengthen the competitiveness of cities and guarantee the right to health and a healthy environment. The agreements were established in the document “Towards Healthy and Competitive Cities: Moving forward for clean air” along three strategic lines: Updating and creation of regulations and enhancement of their application mechanisms; Vehicle management, fleet renewal, technology and clean fuels; and Information, communication and participation.

Agenda Congreso Calidad del Aire

2013-2015. Stories and lessons-learned about the development of wind energy in Mexico

From 2013 to 2015, with funding from the Embassy of Finland in Mexico, a process was generated to build an information platform shared between governments, companies, communities, civil organizations and experts, based on national and international experiences and lessons learned, which required to be considered so that the development of wind energy projects prevents social conflicts. Interviews with actors from communities, civil society, private sector and the three levels of government were integrated into this project, regarding their experience in the development of wind energy projects in Mexico. With the systematization of interviews as the main input, a multi stakeholder meeting was held that sought to build a common floor of understanding and dialogue within the framework of local governance processes that favored the environment where wind projects are deployed. The results were systematized in an inclusive study with stories, lessons and recommendations.

Final document

2013-2014. Sustainable tourism model: southern Sinaloa

CCC, together with a group of local Civil Society Organizations, facilitated a multisectoral dialogue process that resulted in the generation of analysis and action platform in which citizens, organizations and interest groups built a vision shared, innovative, competitive and sustainable of the tourism sector, which has been widely promoted. Tourism business sector in the region, communities, conservation organizations and governments - federal and state, participated in the process.

2012-2013: Recommendations, challenges and opportunities for the improvement of Metrobus.

A stakeholder map was constructed based on interviews and desk research in which background, history, lessons learned and future challenges of the Metrobús are reconstructed. In this work the perspectives of academics and experts, representatives of the public and private sector, civil society organizations and users of public transport were compiled; Recommendations were built to address the challenges and take advantage of the improvement opportunities for the system.

2011-2012: Citizens with vision: Mobility agreements for the ZMVM.

Between 2011 and 2012, CCC designed and facilitated a dialogue process intending to build a shared vision on sustainable mobility in the Metropolitan Area that would be an input for the elaboration of effective public policies. The process culminated with a document that was delivered to the different candidates for chief of government of the Federal District and for governor of the State of Mexico, for the 2012 elections.

2010: Capacity building for effective management of Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of California

In 2010, CCC carried out a dialogue process in the Upper Gulf of California intending to positively transform a climate of conflict in the region related to the protection of the Marine Vaquita. This process endured a growing polarization between the environmental sector concerned with the conservation of biodiversity - particularly the vaquita- and a fishing sector that struggles to maintain the profitability of its activity. It culminated with the establishment of a multi stakeholder dialogue platform called “Alto Golfo Sostenible” through which new principles and rules for the governance and management of marine resources were created

2010. Review of the management program of Loreto Bay National Park

In 2010, CCC designed and facilitated a consensus-building process in the Loreto Bay National Park with the goal of revising the Marine Park Management Plan. The revision was carried out through a participatory and plural process between five sectors: academic and conservation organizations, hotel and developers, ecotourism, sport fishing and commercial fishing. The result provided inputs to decision-makers who participated in the update of the Plan, which was finally endorsed by the Senate in 2019.


2010. Creation of the Bahía de La Paz Platform

To strengthen inspection and surveillance actions, at the request of the Niparajá Natural History Society, CCC facilitated the construction of a multi stakeholder group made up of sport, commercial, business and Civil Society fishermen, who worked in increasing the level of information and knowledge of citizens and the generation of alternative economic opportunities for the fishing sector, as well as the creation of a citizen observatory.

2008-2009. Climate Change and National Security

During the period between 2008 and 2009, CCC facilitated a series of dialogues focused on deliberation and consensus-building between actors and decision-makers from different sectors (legislative, academy, the three orders of government, society, unions and business people). The objective was to generate proposals that will form part of a legislative agenda on climate change in Mexico.

Cambio climático y seguridad nacional

2006-2017: Collaboration and Consensus Building for the Sustainable Development of the Mexican Northwest

To strengthen the governance of marine and coastal resources in the Northwest of the country, CCC facilitated 62 processes between training, facilitation and systematization of good practices, only during the 2006-2017 period. The procedures have resulted in the participatory construction and enhancement of Fishing Committees, legal instruments for species protection and resource management in Natural Protected Areas, sustainable tourism models and water management schemes in the region.

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