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.
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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Jan 6, 2015

Update for Save the Golden Eagle project Jan 2015

Monitoring eagle populations and nests
Monitoring eagle populations and nests

Dear Golden Eagle friends,

Happy 2015! We are very excited to continue our work with our Golden Eagle project, and eager to share our latest results with you. The year 2014 brought exciting new developments in the conservation of our national symbol, especially the notice of decree for a new protected area in the conservation zones our project entails. This new protection will extend to numerous species, but will benefit golden eagles in a significant way for many of the activities that threaten their survival will be banned or limited (for example, mining and illegal hunting). Last year we also had our yearly expert committee meeting, where the progress of this endeavor was discussed and refined. To date, we´ve accomplished an increase in the number of wild pairs of golden eagle identified in the field (going from 71 to 101). Also, we strengthened our collaboration with other institutions, especially in the USA, where telemetry and satellite imaging were incorporated as part of the species monitoring protocol.

Finally, we concluded the reintroduction of two colonies of prairie dog to areas where it was now locally extinct. This is a key species for the golden eagle´s diet, so the project has had the additional benefits of reintroducing and strengthening more than one endangered species, as well as restoring and protecting fragile and species rich grasslands. These are also highly endangered due to agricultural and mining practices, as well as increased urban areas.

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to make this conservation project possible through Global Giving donations. We hope to continue these important conservation efforts throughout 2015, and thank you for your efforts and generosity towards a project that dreams of a Mexico full of soaring eagles.

All the best,

Jan 6, 2015

Sustainable Rural Life Program update-January 2015

Workshop to learn how to build pipes and chimneys
Workshop to learn how to build pipes and chimneys

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

Happy 2015! We are very excited to continue our work throughout the rural communities of Mexico using environmental technologies that help improve their living conditions. During the last year we saw great success in the subprojects of each of our five allies in the field through numerous capacity building activities and the distribution of numerous solar pots and fuel-efficient stoves.

Additionally, December marked the date when we concluded the required activities and handed in the documentation to certify our ally in the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks to your support, we are only one step away from gaining the international certification of Gold Standard. In the following months, we will continue to strengthen the local co-op with the aim to build the capacity of local smiths and masons to help reduce costs of the construction of fuel-efficient stoves in the region. In this report, we share a picture taken during our smith workshop.

We wish you all a year full of smiles and achievements, and we thank you again for helping us make our dream of cleaner kitchens, healthier lives, lower environmental impact, and improved economies part of more and more rural families in Mexico. We hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

 
   

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