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Protecting Vital Habitat



The Sierra Gorda Alliance is working to protect the natural habitat of some of Mexico's most threatened species, including the magnificent Margay. The country's cloud forests, home to thousands of animal species, have dwindled to just 2% of their original coverage. By working with local communities to protect - not plunder - these natural resources we can continue to protect vital habitats.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Sierra Gorda is the most bio-diverse region in Mexico. But despite its environmental significance and protected status, many of its delicate ecosystems remain at risk. Without income opportunities, the impoverished traditional landowners often resort to illegal logging, hunting and other harmful practices. With their beautiful furs, the Margay's are especially at risk, with more than 14,000 being hunted and sold for their coats globally each year.

How will this project solve this problem?

We work with local communities to create sustainable livelihoods, and actively engage them in the protection of the region. We provide fair compensation to landowners who undertake conservation activities, such as regenerating damaged habitats, as well as investing in community micro-enterprises including ecotourism and fair trade eco-products that create sustainable alternatives to logging, hunting, and high-impact ranching.

Potential Long Term Impact

A mix of conservation, community engagement, community-based environmental education and poverty alleviation, this program is not only protecting habitats now, it is transforming the way local communities value their natural resources and ecosystems well into the future. By ensuring landowners' efforts to conserve these habitats are fairly compensated, you can help the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve to provide sanctuary for threatened wildlife for generations to come.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,776
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $10,224
Total Funding Goal: $12,000


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Project Leader

Martha "Pati" Ruiz Corzo

Jalpan de Serra, Queretaro Mexico

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