Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico

by Monarch Butterfly Fund
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Cistern in Ejido San Juan Zitacuaro
Cistern in Ejido San Juan Zitacuaro

After a wonderful and productive 2022, with reforestation and sustainable development projects, Alternare and the local communities have started planning for the coming year. During the first months of 2023 an evaluation of the 25 community work groups will be made to share the goals met as well as the challenges faced.

Ending 2022 around 18 women and 45 men participated in six workshops which resulted in the construction of three cisterns to capture rainwater and three fuel-efficient stoves.

Water distribution systems continue being a priority and fortunately the cisterns built will enable more equitable and efficient water allocation among communities. Families are increasingly finding that water resources are becoming scarce, and cisterns supply the much-needed water for them.

MBF continues supporting all these fantastic endeavours that strengthen the communities involved and help conserve the monarch butterfly’s migratory phenomenon!

Finishing cistern at Francisco Serrato Community
Finishing cistern at Francisco Serrato Community
Fuel-efficient stove - Francisco Serrato Community
Fuel-efficient stove - Francisco Serrato Community
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Little girl planting a pine tree
Little girl planting a pine tree

Nine local indigenous communities joined Alternare in this year’s reforestation efforts surpassing the original goal of planting 21,000 trees by 1,200 for a total of 22,200 trees planted in 23 hectares! The area was also larger than the 20 hectares that has been planned originally. Around 800 women, men and children participated in the effort making this year as successful as the previous ones. MBF is proud to see that summer reforestations are consistently being carried out effectively.

A woman who wants to convert her agricultural parcel to forest told us, “I’m so pleased that Alternare and my fellow community members are helping me plant trees so I can let the land become what it originally was. I planted corn to subsist but now I know better and realize that it’s important to keep the forest alive, so we have water.”

Additionally, eight workshops were held in six communities with the participation of 164 people who built five cisterns and four water distribution systems. After careful analysis the communities identified that to use water sustainably, and provide water to more families, it was necessary to attach gutters to the cisterns with faucets so that each family can access the water.

Alternare’s proven reliability throughout the years working with communities has consolidated and strengthened MBF’s partnership with them making us proud to contribute to the improvement of reforestation and sustainable practices in the monarch butterfly’s overwintering forests. Without your support none of this would be possible and for that MBF is deeply grateful!

Group of girls ready to plant trees
Group of girls ready to plant trees
Woman with her child reforesting
Woman with her child reforesting
Woman and girl digging a hole to plant a pine
Woman and girl digging a hole to plant a pine
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Organic farming in Ejido El Rosario
Organic farming in Ejido El Rosario

Alternare and four local communities are planning to plant 21,000 trees on 20 hectares this coming summer. The trees will come from several of the twenty collective nurseries (school and community) in the San Juan Zitácuaro micro-watershedthat are being maintained and overseen by the communities and Alternare.

During the first quarter of this year Alternare held 20 workshops in four Indigenous communities teaching participants how to manage waste properly and make organic fertilizer, Additionally, workshops on community savings and loans, bread-making, and food and preserve preservation, were held, targeting women so they have financial resources available. A woman told us that thanks to the workshops she has learned not only to make food but that she can sell it to others and have a little extra money for herself and her family. One cistern was built in Crescencio Morales Indigenous community along with a water distribution line benefiting 231 families.

MBF, Alternare and the indigenous communities in Michoacan and the State of Mexico thank you for your support!

Making jam in N. Romero community
Making jam in N. Romero community
Medicinal plants workshop in N. Romero community
Medicinal plants workshop in N. Romero community

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Students tend to their school nursery
Students tend to their school nursery

With the overwintering colonies already established, Alternare has begun planning for the coming year. Looking back at the past year, Alternare’s team proudly reported having held 79 workshops with 649 people from the indigenous communities of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve! During the last four months of the year, they held four workshops where 70 people were trained to build four rainwater capturing cisterns that will benefit 70 families. One of the men from Nicolás Romero Indigenous Community told us, "I was not expecting the cisterns to be so cheap! I'll be able to share what I learned with other people so they can build them in their communities too."

An additional workshop to construct a fuel-efficient stove that will benefit six families was also conducted.

More workshops are planned for 2022 including topics such as forest tree production, reforestation techniques, and construction of more rainwater capturing cisterns.

With your support, MBF is looking forward to supporting Alternare in another successful year of activities that benefit local communities while conserving and restoring the overwintering habitat for the monarchs. THANK YOU!!

Weed-removal in school nursery
Weed-removal in school nursery
Building cistern at N. Romero Indigenous Community
Building cistern at N. Romero Indigenous Community
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Men from N. Romero extract seedlings
Men from N. Romero extract seedlings

With MBF’s support, Alternare, along with ten local communities planted 22,515 trees on 21.52 hectares in 26 areas within the buffer zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve! Pine, oak, birch, and ash seedlings were extracted from 16 school nurseries, three community nurseries and one located in Alternare’s training center.

The president of the Community’s Forest Committee, Fidencio Guzmán Colín said, “Alternare has a skilled engineer who provides us with good information so that we can have a healthy forest in the future, while at the same time, benefit our community. All the decisions are made in agreement with the community in assemblies where we also offer employment opportunities that don’t harm the forest and give people the option to provide for their families”.

Additionally,from May through August, two workshops were held in two indigenous communities where seven women and 11 men participated resulting in the construction of three cisterns to capture rain- water,

Another successful reforestation summer thanks to YOU!!! Without your support none of this would be possible. MBF, Alternare and the communities say MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!

Child from ejido El Capulin plants a tree
Child from ejido El Capulin plants a tree
Rain-water capturing cistern in Carpinteros comm.
Rain-water capturing cistern in Carpinteros comm.
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