Protecting Wild Cat Habitat

by Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

The Sierra Gorda Alliance is working with local communities to protect cloud forests which have dwindled to just 2% of their original coverage. These forests house thousands of animals, among them some of Mexico's most threatened species, including the magnificent margay (Leopardus wiedii). By working with local communities to protect - not plunder - these natural resources we can continue to protect margay's vital habitats.

$10,000
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$1,452
remaining
86
donors
2
monthly donors
4
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Challenge

Without income opportunities, the impoverished traditional landowners of Mexico's Sierra Gorda often resort to illegal logging, hunting and other harmful practices. Margays, one of the six feline species present in the area, are especially at risk, with more than 14,000 hunted and sold for their coats globally each year. Education, training, and technical assistance to local landowners is crucial for protecting these cats and preserving their habitat.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

A mix of conservation, community engagement, community-based environmental education and poverty alleviation, this program is not only protecting habitats now, but is also 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.

Resources

http:/​/​www.sierragorda.net

Organization Information

Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P

Location: Queretaro - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​www.sierragorda.net
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @SierraGorda
Project Leader:
Martha "Pati" Ruiz Corzo
Jalpan de Serra, Queretaro Mexico
$8,548 raised of $10,000 goal
 
182 donations
$1,452 to go
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