Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturale

FMCN's mission is to financially support and strengthen efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Mexico The MAR Leadership Program builds the capacity of local leaders, across four nations, to implement innovative projects that contribute to the ecological health and sustainability of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR).
Mar 25, 2013

February workshop, fabulous MAR Fellows, & other news

Dear donors,

March already! It's unbelieveable how fast 2013 is moving, at least here in the MAR Leadership Program.

We want to offer a special shoutout to Steve Knaebel, a star donor to our program, who contributes each month through a recurring donation on GlobalGiving. This is a great, easy way to offer continuing support for us; please consider it.

Here are some of the things going on now in the MAR Leadership Program that you've helped support:

  • February workshop in Placencia, Belize where MAR Fellows had the opportunity to hear from 16 experts on fundraising, donor relations, conservation projects, social marketing, marine protected areas, and leadership
  • Fellows making leaps and bounds in leadership skills, then using these skills in their professional lives:Giaco (2012 fellow from Honduras) was appointed Director of the Roatan Marine Park last week, and this week Angela (2012 fellow from Guatemala) was chosen as Coordinator for the initial phase of a WWF project called the "Caribbean Marine Conservation Program."
  • Peer support this week as Kim of the 2011 cohort traveled to Belize to help out Kirah, also a 2011 fellow, to  to train fishers in sustainable lobster fishing methods and the use of lobster shades--exactly the kind of networking impact the MAR Leadership Program wants to have in the region.
  • Exciting learning opportunities for Cleo, a 2012 fellow, who received support from MAR Leadership to attend the 2013 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, and for Blanca, a 2011 fellow, who participated in a forum put on by The Summit Foundation and the Seattle International Foundation to share strategies and best practices related to youth community leadership and women’s leadership in Central America.
  • A new staff member for the program: Mariana Chávez joins us as Project Officer, and we're happy to have her!
  • An external evaluation of the MAR Leadership Program, conducted by Leadership Learning Community (LLC), which is in full swing.

For more information on some of these items, check out the links below. Thank you for your support of the MAR Leadership Program, and please continue helping us build a network of conservation leaders to save the Mesoamerican Reef!

Feb. workshop participants in Placencia, Belize
Feb. workshop participants in Placencia, Belize
Carlos and Cleo working hard in Placencia
Carlos and Cleo working hard in Placencia
Planting seaweed on our field visit in Placencia
Planting seaweed on our field visit in Placencia


Mar 25, 2013

Great advances on the road to save the Golden Eagl

Dear friends,

We wish you all a great 2013!

The launch of the limited edition of the watch Breitling Avenger Blacksteel Chrono “Águila Real Mexicana” has represented a milestone for the fundraising goals of the project “Recovery of Golden Eagle populations and their habitat in Mexico" in its second phase.  The alliance with Horologium, S.A. de C.V. (Breitling representative in Mexico) will allow us to raise more than $2,9 million Mexican Pesos by selling 250 watches.  To date, we have raised close to $350,000 Mexican Pesos.

During the second phase of the project, we are aiming at mobilizing new funds from public and private sources to implement direct conservation actions. Thanks to the support of all our donors, currently, Conservación Humana, A.C. -partner of the project- is monitoring 10 areas, natural habitat of the Golden Eagle.

As we advance on the implementation of this campaign, we will keep you all informed.  

Thanks to you all for your contributions and being part of this great cause!

Save the Golden Eagle Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes, 03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779


Mar 21, 2013

Sustainable Rural Life 2013

Accomplishments of Sustainable Rural Life in 2013


Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

We are beginning 2013 with great accomplishments on our program and we are more than happy to share them with you.

As we informed you in our last communication the Canadian Fund in Mexico gave us a donation of $40,000.00 USD to continue helping rural communities to improve their life quality. We were able to purchase 100 solar pots and 100 Clean Cookstoves to implement them in rural communities located in four states of Mexico: Baja California Sur, Querétaro, Coahuila, Tabasco and Quintana Roo. With these additional pairs of ecotechnologies we complemented last year´s delivery and people learned how to implement them to transfer that knowledge to their communities.

We are still collaborating alongside a with a social enterprise Servicio Continental de Mensajeria (SCM) and it has been very exciting and also a big step, it is the first time that SRL partners with an enterprise to implement a project together.  We began working with their employees and know we are preparing Carbon Bonds Certification of a Yucatan partner with SCM funding as next step of our collaboration.

This amazing project is able to transform communities in three aspects: economical, environmental as well as sanitary by reducing diseases generated by the daily exposure to open fires. For 2013 we are proud to say that more than 1000 families have been directly benefitted from the program.

We thank all our donors who believe in this cause and support us; we hope you continue being part of it.

We wish you all a great holiday!

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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