Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturale

FMCN's mission is to build a better future for Mexico through the mobilization of financial resources, the creation of alliances, continuous learning, and taking advantage of opportunities related to the conservation and use of our natural capital.
Apr 7, 2015

MAR Leadership News: January - March 2015

Dear friends,

The first quarter of the year has been hectic and productive. We are happy to report the progress made by the 2014 MAR Fellows in the development of their projects and their professional careers. Joanna and Mario from Guatemala, attended a workshop on Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Inventories organized by USAID, WWF, GIZ and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, MARN. Guatemala has recently approved the Framework Law on Climate Change, which promotes initiatives that reduce emissions of GHG. Landfills, especially those with high load of organic matter, are important sources of GHG, therefore a project that reduces the amount of organic waste disposal through composting for example, will be considered as a change climate mitigation tool and therefore have greater legal and financial support. For this reason, many of the 2014 cohort fellows like Joanna and Mario are increasing their interest in this type of training to monitor the impact of conservation in their projects. Also, and as part of their project with the project entitled "Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) along the Motagua River basin and starting with the Municipality of Livingston ", Joanna and Mario have continued socializing the concept of SMM by training teachers, giving interviews at national media and organizing strategic meetings with key stakeholders such as municipal authorities. 

Melissa  from Guatemala finalized the process of reformation and adaptation of the National Policy for the Integrated Management of Solid Waste. Regarding her project "Guide to Develop Plans for Municipal Solid Waste Management for the town of Livingston" Melissa has incorporated the guide in the Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and has achieved technical and financial support from the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and has achieved validation through the Coordinating Committee for the Integrated Solid Waste Management.

Tzahyrí  from Mexico is recycling glass by creating fine arts and crafts. She learned the technique of vitromosaic with discarded bottles, glass fusing and cut glass from Mexican artisans. Tzahyrí’s objective is to develop a sustainable alternative for the glass used in Holbox Island. Through these techniques the used glass becomes souvenirs for tourism. Tzahyrí’s MAR Leadership project seeks to establish a plan for integrated management of materials in the natural protected area of Yum Balam, where Holbox is located, reducing the amount of waste reaching the landfill (glass in this case), but also, supporting the conservation of Holbox´s biodiversity by giving tourists a sustainable alternative to traditional handicrafts made from corals, sponges and starfish.

The nonprofit organization, Ocean Conservancy (OC), through its Programme Trash Free Seas (Trash Free Seas), has worked hard over the past year in an exercise to identify the most important sources of plastic pollution in the ocean with which outlined a set of solutions that match the scope and scale of the problem. OC has considered Belize as the perfect location to conduct a study because it allows them to assess the driver and barriers to success through various stages of the development of waste management. This work is being conducted by Ted S., director of DSM Environmental Services, Inc. and Emerson , 2014 Belize MAR Fellow, is helping him as the focal point of fieldwork in Belize, organizing meetings and showing Ted the waste management system of various districts of Belize. We are very excited about this new partnership with Ocean Conservancy.

Pablo, 2010 Mexico MAR Fellow, through Oceanus International, is working on a project to clean the FONATUR marina in Cozumel, considering all the environmental conditions. This will help FONATUR avoid dispersion of sediment plumes that may damage the reef, among other negative effects that have impacted in previous projects the reef of Cozumel Marine Park. Oceanus International is also constantly working on the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, where Pablo works in the project “Better Than A Beach” conditioning the hotel beach carefully following all environmental standards.

Maricarmen , 2010 MAR Fellow, reports to us from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico where she works, about the territorial expansion of the queen conch fishing ban until November 2017 and ranging from Punta Herrero to Xcalak, Quintana Roo. “Little by little we are increasing the ban area”- Maricarmen said. We want to congratulate her and the Fishermen Cooperatives from Banco Chinchorro, Langosteros del Caribe, and Andrés Quintana Roo for this initiative. After 10 years as director of Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve and Xcalak Reef National Park, Maricarmen has recently been appointed as Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve and Isla Contoy National Park, on the northern tip of the MAR region.

Angela, from Guatemala and Carlos, from Mexico, both 2012 MAR Fellows, received a scholarship to participate in the environmental economics for coastal ecosystems online course "Coastal Conservation Economics", which is being developed through a partnership between Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and Duke University - Nicholas Institute. The course began in January and will last until May, with students from around the world. This course will significantly extend the capabilities of Angela and Carlos as to understand how institutional and market failures lead to the degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems. They will discuss political and economic tools to remedy these faults, and even they will have a focus on how the valuation of environmental services is influencing decision makers in developing conservation policies.

"La Garza" the researching vessel from the Foundation for Eco-development and Conservation (FUNDAECO), a Guatemalan nonprofit organization, celebrated its second anniversary. Transforming "La Garza" into a floating marine researching center that seeks to mobilize the collective interest on the environmental problems of the Gulf of Honduras, was the MAR Leadership project of Karen, 2010 MAR Fellow Guatemala and Director of Institutional Development at FUNDAECO.

In response to the regional need to monitor and balance the fishing of sharks and rays in Guatemala, an Advisory Committee for Sharks and Rays was established. The organization is run by the Directorate for Fisheries and Aquaculture Regulations of Guatemala (DIPESCA) and the non-profit Fundación Mundo Azul, with the participation of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), the diving school Water Quest and organizations like Healthy Reefs Initiative (represented in Guatemala by Ana 2011 MAR Fellow, the Center for the Marine studies and Aquaculture (CEMA) at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, "MarAlliance" and " Shark Legacy Project "coordinated by Giacomo, 2012 MAR Fellow Honduras. In January this committee held a meeting to support the implementation of international conventions and laws by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). "We need to educate and raise awareness on the importance of sharks and rays for the balance of coastal marine ecosystems, on how to promote sustainable fisheries for the economy of fishing communities and on the need to diversify fishermen´s economic activities," said Giacomo.

 We have the 2015 cohort theme!

In the first quarter of the year we finished shaping the 2015 cohort theme, which will focus on the valuation and conservation of mangroves along the SAM region. In January, the MAR Leadership team traveled through the four countries gathering information and identifying key stakeholders, and met in Mexico City with the Executive Committee of the program to define the regional vision of the 2015 cohort. The regional vision for 2015 is to achieve zero deforestation of mangroves in the SAM within the next 10 years, with middle-term targets (5 years) including the protection of at least 40,000 hectares of mangroves (equivalent to 20% of the current coverage) and the valuation of ecosystem services as a reality in at least 5 locations in the region.

The 2015 MAR Fellows cohort call for applications will be published in May. Follow the process in our website and social networks!

Thank so much for your support to the MAR Leadership Program!!!

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Mar 24, 2015

Accomplishments until April, 2015

Community workshops for new protected area
Community workshops for new protected area

Dear Golden Eagle friends,

In the past three months we´ve had great accomplishments in our efforts to promote the conservation of our golden eagle population. These efforts were mainly focused on the necessary steps to establish the Semiarid Desert Protected Area in the state of Zacatecas, an area crucial for conservation since in its proposed 2.5 hectares resides the largest population of Golden eagles in Mexico

We are happy to share with you that in collaboration with federal and state authorities we have generated and implemented a communication strategy to establish the Semiarid Desert Protected Area in the state of Zacatecas. During these months we have also promoted with local delegates the importance of this Project, along with multiple workshops to incorporate the views of the local communities within the proposed protected area polygon, as well as the mining companies the operate in the region.

As part of the communication component, the Project has helped generate communication materials, including but not limited to radio spots, fact sheets, information booths in local fairs and religious events, to mention some. These have been crucial to inform the general public about the nature of the protected area decree, as well as the main implications of this proposal.

We thank everyone who has contributed to make this conservation project possible through Global Giving donations and hope to continue these important efforts. Thank you for your efforts and generosity towards this project.

 All the best,

Save the Golden Eagle Project Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico +52 (55) 5611 9779

Contact: Vanessa Valdez (vanessa.valdez@fmcn.org)

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Mar 24, 2015

Accomplishments until April, 2015

Fuel-efficient stove built for the workshop
Fuel-efficient stove built for the workshop

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

The past months have been very exciting for our VRS team. We helped coordinate the participation of our field colleague U’yool’ché AC to the Renewable Energy workshop at Earth University in Costa Rica. From the 9 to the 12th of March, our friends that work in the Yucatan Peninsula shared their experience and their lessons learned while implementing fuel-efficient stoves throughout rural communities. U’yool’ché also shared with them a practical class where they were able to build from scratch one of their Tuumben K´ooben stoves.

The event gathered a group of enthusiasts from different countries (including Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador), as well as various indigenous communities.

We are ecstatic that our efforts and experience as a project can help communities and families in other countries, helping us make our dream of cleaner kitchens, healthier lives, lower environmental impact, and improved economies grow. We thank you for all your generous donations and hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779

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