Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P

The mission of the Sierra Gorda is to guide and coordinate the activities of its member organizations responsible for the conservation, restoration and sustainable development of the Sierra Gorda region and the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, the founding member organization of the Alliance, guides the work of the Alliance's partner organizations in: a) educating for a sustainable future; b) organizing community action and cross-sector cooperation; c) adopting holistic land management; d) promoting management of solid waste and recyclables; e) raising awareness and civic participation; f) bundling and communicating best practices; and g) generating a significant...
Mar 3, 2015

17 Thousand Students to hold 60 Earth Festivals

Getting ready to dance
Getting ready to dance

The Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, through its environmental education program, has organized 60 Earth Festivals currently underway from February through April which will involve the 17 thousand students that participate actively throughout the year. These are cultural events with the objective of reviving, promoting and consolidating popular traditions and habits. However, more than anything they are an homage of respect and love for Mother Earth and the cultural roots of the region.

These celebrations are attended by all the students of local schools, parents, and the public in general who organize the event in their community.  We appreciate your help to keep this 24 year old tradition going and invite you to visit the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and join the party to celebrate Mother Earth.

Children in disguise
Children in disguise

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Jan 6, 2015

Monitoring the on-going protection of sanctuaries

Ancient Forest
Ancient Forest

Wildlife activity kept up in our camera-traps, as again, ranger Leonel Espino photographed two jaguars in the Arenitas and Tinaja reserves, where old growth oak forests offer heaven to a variety of wildlife.

We are thrilled to announce the discovery of three new Magnolia species, two of them in the Hoya del Hielo reserves, and the other species in the Hoya Verde reserve. Dr. Antonio Vázquez, from the Universidad de Guadalajara is in charge of their description, already shared some info and the new species are dedicated to: Magnolia rzedowskyana, to Dr. Jerzy Rzedowsky, Mexico´s main botanist, Magnolia sierragordae, to this very special mountains, and the third I had the truly enormous honour to be named after my surname, Magnolia pedrazae, as Dr. Vázquez first realized they were new species thanks to photos I shot years ago and also because our work to protect local biodiversity.

We covered the surveillance of the rest of the reserves by the activities of other rangers, their supervisor and myself, without encountering any illegal activities. But just outside the reserves the ongoing logging, so they are showing how effective this conservation scheme is and this is why we must continue.

Jaguar at La Tinaja
Jaguar at La Tinaja

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Jan 6, 2015

Thank you for the support!

In-class session with women
In-class session with women

We started the year training women in the subjects of soils, nutrition and the origins of today’s illnesses. Afterwards we taught climate change and its consequences, such as biodiversity loss and more frequent imbalances, and the mitigation of global warming, emphasizing how we can contribute to improving these alarming conditions. One mitigation strategy is to become a carbon producer, returning organic matter to the land, covering the soil and allowing soil microorganisms to flourish and carry out their role which is to provide food for plants.

To take a step beyond self sufficiency, an introduction to the Route of Flavour (network of small local restaurants that promote local, rural foods) was given to link women vegetable growers with the owners of the restaurants, so that they can offer rural, organic foods with all the essential nutrients that ensure human health as well as the planet’s. The aim of this is to emphasize local gastronomy and producers.

Finally, two workshops were organized for these women entrepreneurs, during which talks were given about healthy eating focussing on how nutrition can improve health in the case of illness, or ensure and perpetuate good health. These workshops were also attended by new women and men who are only recently establishing their vegetable gardens. They learned from the experiences of those who already have a garden, which were glad to share their knowledge. Other activities were: garden design; the making of compost, manure, fermented preparations and biofertilizers; and pest control without attacking the health of any living being, at very low cost and without wider repercussions.

We are very happy to report that during this year we increased the number of women who established backyard gardens to provide their families with healthy foods, without insecticides and at very low cost. We now have 130 gardens, 50 more than last year, this means people are interested and we hope this number keeps increasing in 2015.

Community workshops
Community workshops
Woman working in her vegetable garden
Woman working in her vegetable garden
Beneficiaries preparing their own bio-fertilizer
Beneficiaries preparing their own bio-fertilizer
Woman applying minerals to her soil
Woman applying minerals to her soil

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