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
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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Family with completed fuel-efficient stove
Family with completed fuel-efficient stove

With MBF’s support, Alternare held five workshops on diverse topics such as participatory planning, community water management, construction and management of cisterns. A total of 50 people from indigenous communities and ejidos participated. Three cisterns were built benefiting 110 personas. Currently, reforestation planning for this summer is underway. Through Alternare, MBF continues supporting local communities to promote forest conservation and reforestation in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

A woman from Crescencio Morales indigenous community told us how happy she was with the cistern she built with her family and said “We use the water from the cistern to drink, wash our dishes, take showers and give to our animals. We see that it really benefits us a lot.”

MBF and Alternare can do this thanks to your support and for that we are deeply grateful!

Family with their new cistern
Family with their new cistern
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Women from F.Serrato finish fuel-efficient stove
Women from F.Serrato finish fuel-efficient stove

Not only did MBF’s local partner Alternare manage to reforest 23.6 hectares during the summer, but  also facilitated two workshops titled “Construction and management of fuel-efficient stoves" to 10 women. The training workshop resulted in the construction of nine stoves benefiting nine families. Additionally, four men and four women participated in a workshop on how to build cisterns resulting in the construction of three cisterns.

MBF is starting the new year with an exciting online event! On Jan 27, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada), we are holding a special online webinar titled Monarchs in Mexico, People Care! with first-hand accounts of monarchs wintering in Mexico, given by individuals who study and work to save them. Guadalupe del Rio, Alternare’s President, will describe how her organization works with local communities on sustainable development and forest conservation.

Register at:

https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KEmmS0c7SSaf3syrhTCz_g

If the link doesn't take you to the registration page please copy and paste in your browser.

MBF and Alternare are committed to improve the well-being of local communities that live near the monarch region and conserving the monarch butterfly’s migratory phenomenon. Your support to work towards this goal is invaluable! THANK YOU!

Men from Rosario finish cistern to hold rain-water
Men from Rosario finish cistern to hold rain-water
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