Nov 20, 2018

November update

Eagle Warriors during fieldwork.
Eagle Warriors during fieldwork.

Dear friends,

Last October we organized a symposium on golden eagle conservation and management as part of a prominent ornithological congress held in the city of Saltillo. Our speakers talked about the current conservation status of golden eagles in Mexico and highlighted some of the most recent scientific findings regarding the species. Due to an increased field monitoring effort—partly made possible through your support—the estimated number of breeding pairs is now 156, representing a 13 percent increase relative to 2017.

In the last few months, our fieldwork has produced great results. With the help of our amazing community monitoring brigade—aptly called the “Eagle Warriors”—we have recorded ten new nesting territories and identified several potential sites for future habitat restoration.

Finally, in collaboration with our friends at National Geographic, we published three short articles showcasing the project, which helps us bring the plight of the golden eagle to a broader audience.

Your support helps us save the Mexican golden eagle from extinction. Thank you for joining us on this journey and please consider renewing your contribution to the project. 

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Queridos amigos,

En octubre coordinamos un simposio científico sobre el águila real como parte del XVI Congreso para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves de México, en la ciudad de Saltillo, Coahuila. Nuestros ponentes discutieron sobre el estado de conservación actual del águila real en México y mostraron los últimos avances en investigación sobre la especie. Gracias al incremento en el esfuerzo de monitoreo—que en parte ha sido posible a través del apoyo de donantes como ustedes—actualmente el número estimado de parejas reproductivas es de 156, lo que representa un aumento del 13% a comparación con el 2017.

La ejecución del proyecto en campo ha dado buenos resultados en los últimos meses. Con el apoyo de la brigada de monitores comunitarios “Guerreros Águila”, hemos identificado diez nuevos territorios de anidación e identificado varias áreas potenciales para la protección y restauración de hábitat prioritario.

Finalmente, en colaboración con National Geographic en Español, publicamos tres notas y cápsulas de video sobre el proyecto, permitiendo la difusión de nuestro trabajo entre un público mucho más amplio.

Tu apoyo es fundamental para que juntos salvemos al águila real en México de la extinción. Gracias por acompañarnos en nuestra misión y por favor considera renovar tu donación.

Nov 19, 2018

Working Towards Sustainable Fisheries in the MAR

Laura receiving Mary Robinson Award
Laura receiving Mary Robinson Award

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share with you MAR Leadership latest news.

2018 MAR Fellows that are promoting sustainable fisheries and community development, have been very active in designing their projects with mentors from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Once a month, each team meets virtually with EDF experts who provide advice, share information and contacts that will contribute to the successful development of Fellows' projects. We’ll share their progress in the next update.

During the 2018 cohort training cycle, 4 webinars are planned to be held which will deepen the topics discussed during the in-person workshop. In September a webinar on gender equity was delivered by 2018 Fellow Inés from Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI). The gender equity program for fisheries was launched by COBI in 2017 with the aim at achieving the equal participation of men and women in fisheries. Through this webinar participants learned how the program has been designed and implemented, as well as the challenges and solutions found.

We are excited to share that 2014 Fellow Laura from Honduras won the Mary Robinson 2018 Climate Justice Award at the One Young World Summit in The Hague. Laura’s award winning project, “Waste to Opportunity”, seeks to empower waste pickers in the municipal dumps of Roatan, by organizing them, promoting labor safety and providing seed funding for alternative and innovative processes. For her continued efforts to tackle plastic pollution in Roatan, Laura was selected to receive an award by the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Laura has continued to work on promoting best practices among hotels and improving the waste management system of Roatan. In August, Laura along with the Mayor of Roatan, Mr. Hynds and 2014 Fellow Cindy (Honduras) visited  the waste management facilities of Belmopan, Belize including the transfer station and sanitary landfill. The visit was guided by 2014 Fellow Emerson, Officer at Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, and was intended to show the mayor better options for waste management and recycling in face of a collapsed dumpsite in Roatan.

Laura also invited Monica (2014 Fellow Mexico) to run a 3-day training with hotels, schools, authorities and other important stakeholders on the importance of solving the waste pollution crisis that Roatan is facing given a two-week fire at the municipal dump. Mónica toured two big hotels in West Bay beach to assess the opportunities of improving waste management. Following this visit, the Bay Island Conservation Association (BICA), which covered Monica’s travel expenses to Roatan, will develop a waste management plan for these hotels and two schools.

Emerson (Belize) shared with us that Punta Gorda’s dump site has been closed and a transfer station is under construction which was the objective of his MAR Leaderhip project in 2014. The construction started in July 2018 and will be finished by March 2019. The environmental awareness and public awareness component of his project is still pending; the community will be trained on how to separate recyclable materials and how to use the transfer station once it is operating.

In October 15 Fellows from different cohorts participated in the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People meeting that took place in Caye Caulker, Belize. Some Fellows gave keynote speeches sharing their work with the network members. 

Thank you very much for your kind support in protecting the MAR!

MAR Leaderhip Team 

Monica delivering a workshop in Roatan
Monica delivering a workshop in Roatan
Emerson showing Roatan's Mayor transfer station
Emerson showing Roatan's Mayor transfer station
2014 Fellows Laura, Emerson and Cindy in Belize
2014 Fellows Laura, Emerson and Cindy in Belize
Sep 14, 2018

September update

Dear friends, 

Last June we informed you about our new project in northern Mexico--an initiative that will benefit 14 rural communities located in the states of Coahuila and Nuevo León. The project's objective is to increase water and food security through the creation of small-scale community farms and the construction of rainwater harvesting systems. 

While we boost our efforts to mobilize enough resources from Mexican donors to implement this project, we would like you to continue with us on this journey. Every one of your donations matters and is a fundamental part of our mission to improve the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable segments of the population. 

We would also like to let you know that, thanks to your support, our previous project in the Yucatan Penninsula has been selected by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico to be featured in a series of media and news outlets. During the first quarter of 2019, a group of reporters will visit some of the communities we've worked with in that region to let the public know about the great work that was made possible thanks to your generous donations.  

Thank you!

 
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