This project is enhancing the conservation of biodiversity in coastal and marine areas in the Gulf of California and promoting the sustainable use of biological resources. To this end, it is working with local partners to lay the groundwork and establish a communication strategy – in particular a common vision – for a concerted approach to preserving the biological resources in the region. It is also building the capacities of the protected area authorities, standardizing the different systems for monitoring biodiversity, integrating information on climate change into regional conservation activities and promoting networks among the protected area authorities. Special-use zones and ‘no-take’ zones combat the effects of industrial fishing and increase the protected area authorities’ scope for action. Incorporating strategic coastal and marine biodiversity conservation principles into sustainable tourism creates other sources of income, especially for local fisherfolk. Examples of successful local initiatives will be compiled to serve as a model and a basis for creating new project activities, and will be distributed throughout the region.