Children
 Mexico
Project #19117

Education to Rescue our Natural Heritage

by Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P
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Summary

One of Latin America's most bio-diverse regions and a vital sanctuary for endangered animals, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve needs ongoing protection. But in an area rich in natural resources yet inhabited by impoverished communities, this remains an ongoing struggle. We're investing in the children of the Sierra Gorda, building understanding and respect for nature, and giving them the tools and resources they need to continue to protect their natural heritage well into the future.
$2,000.00
total goal
$1,074.00
remaining
10
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years active

Challenge

Environmental education is disappearing from the school's learning curriculums worldwide. In Mexico, centuries-old forests are under threat, with decisions made by impoverished landowners for short-term economic gain taking their toll on local ecosystems and wildlife. Sadly, the far-reaching impacts of destructive practices - intensive farming, illegal logging and hunting - are little-known among landowners, many of whom are unknowingly degrading the very lands they depend upon.

Solution

One of the main causes of severe environmental degradation and poverty is a lack of knowledge about the sustainable use of natural resources. Through our Environmental Education programs, we're providing communities with the information and skills they need to ensure the sustainability and health of their environment. We are educating youth about the environment, the significance of their reserve, and of how their daily practices can impact the ecosystems surrounding them.

Long-Term Impact

Our environmental education programs are transforming the way local communities value their natural resources and ecosystems, with what was once the Sierra Gorda's biggest threat - its own communities - becoming its champions, and best chance of long-term survival. By continuing and expanding these programs, we have the chance of not just maintaining the reserve, but of supporting a generation that passionately cares about protecting nature.

Resources

http:/​/​www.sierragorda.net

Organization Information

Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P

Location: Queretaro - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​www.sierragorda.net
Project Leader:
Martha "Pati" Ruiz Corzo
Jalpan de Serra, Queretaro Mexico
$926 raised of $2,000 goal
 
35 donations
$1,074 to go
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