The Sierra Gorda Alliance is working with local communities to protect cloud forests, home to thousands of animal species, which have dwindled to just 2% of their original coverage. These forests are the natural habitat of some of Mexico's most threatened species, including the magnificent Margay. By working with local communities to protect - not plunder - these natural resources we can continue to protect vital habitats.
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 6 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.
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.
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.