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).
Dec 21, 2012

Happy end of year from MAR Leadership!

Hi everyone! Thanks for supporting the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program. We wish you a happy end of the year and a positive start to 2013. We’ll keep it brief, but we wanted to send you a few updates:

  • At the start of the month the Healthy Reefs Initiative published its 2012 Report Card on Mesoamerican Reef health. You can see the results here. MAR Fellows Ian (2010) and Ana (2011) are representatives of HRI in Honduras and Guatemala, respectively, and were key parts of the process. We applaud this initiative and think the results emphasize that we still have lots of work to do!
  • Leo and Angela, 2012 MAR Fellows, attended a mangrove workshop in Mexico the first week in December; we look forward to learning from them and are thrilled that Angela walked away with most of the equipment she needs to calculate carbon stock in mangroves (which she'll be sharing with other fellows working with mangroves).
  • Mariela's project received funding from the New England Biolabs Foundation last week!
  • We will be holding a writing training with the 2012 cohort on January 11 and 12 (having identified this as an area of need for fellows); follow us on Twitter or Facebook for tips and updates!
  • In the first four months of 2013 we will be conducting an external evaluation of the MAR Leadership program.
  • Sandra Pompa, MAR Leadership Program Officer, is moving to Mazatlán at the end of the year to pursue new horizons; we’re very happy for her and we are in the final stages of hiring a new team member.

Again, thank you for supporting MAR Leadership, and we’ll continue to keep you posted on our progress at forming a strong generation of conservation leaders!

Happy holidays from all of us!
Happy holidays from all of us!


Dec 19, 2012

Accomplishments of Sustainable Rural Life in 2012

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

We are closing 2012 with great accomplishments on our program and we are more than happy to share them with you.

A Mexican overnight mail company named Servicio Continental de Mensajería (SCM) which has been a close ally to the program since 2007, gave us this last year about $100,000USD to purchase 450 solar pots, 60 Clean Cookstoves and 20 solar heaters to implement them in the homes of the company employees located in four states of Mexico: Querétaro, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Veracruz.

Differently from past year, this year the employees learned how to implement the ecotechnolgies to transfer that knowledge to their communities. Collaborating alongside a social enterprise such as SCM 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.  

Besides this accomplishment, we were recently informed that the Canadian Fund in Mexico is about to give us a donation of $40,000.00 USD to continue helping rural communities to improve their life quality.

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 2012 we are proud to say that more than 900 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


Dec 19, 2012

Update on Saving Mexicos Golden Eagle

Dear Friends,

Last October 24, a business collaboration was pronounced between Horologium, S. A de C. V, (Mexico´s Breilting Distributor) and FMCN with the aim of raising funds for the "Project for the recovery of golden eagle populations and their habitat in Mexico."  A fundraising event took place at the Rufino Tamayo Museum to announce this alliance.

During the event, a silent auction of 10 original sketches of the golden eagle made by the Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo where donated exclusively for the project. With the auction of these sketches, along with the clock number 1 of the 250 limited edition "Aguila Real Mexicana" a total of $ 347,000.00 pesos were raised. The rest of the watches are for sale to the general public and a generous percentage of the sale price will go directly to the project.

The valuable contribution of Horologium and  Francisco Toledo, reflect not only an innovative fundraising for conservation, but also a new platform to spread the message of the critical situation of the golden eagle in Mexico. The money raised in the auction will go to support monitoring actions in the state of Zacatecas where a significant population of golden eagle is located.

Thanks to Breitling, Francisco Toledo, Citi Express, other donors and to you for being part of this great cause!

Have a great holiday!


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



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