Environment
 Mexico
Project #10003

Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico

by Monarch Butterfly Fund
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Woman showing of her new fuel-efficient stove
Woman showing of her new fuel-efficient stove

Monarchs arrived in Mexico and we are waiting for the colonies to settle to assess the populations. In the meantime, our local partner Alternare continued with their ongoing workshops.

During the last trimester of the year, 6 workshops were held with the participation of 46 women and 86 men from the Crescencio Morales, Curungueo, San Cristóbal and Francisco Serrato indigenous communities. There were 4 workshops to build cisterns, 1 on reforestation and another one on tree planting. They resulted in the construction of 27 cisterns, 3 fuel-efficient stoves and one school tree nursery.

The cisterns have a large capacity to hold rainwater which is used to water vegetable gardens and provide drinking water to communities. Thanks to the cisterns and their fuel-efficient stoves, families can cook and enjoy their meals with potable water. A family eating tortillas and drinking clean water told us, “This is fantastic! We can make our tortillas using less fuel and get a glass of water right here in the community. The food seems tastier now. Thank you!"

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Thanks to reforestation the forest is coming back!
Thanks to reforestation the forest is coming back!
Mother and her son planting a pine
Mother and her son planting a pine

Our local partner Alternare and the communities from Carpinteros, Francisco Serrato and Crescencio Morales were busy planting trees all summer. Six reforestation workshops helped 86 women and 84 men obtain the necessary skills to plant 22,124 trees in 21 hectares.With current survival rates we expect the forest to be covered in luscious green in about 3 or 4 years with small trees!

Additionally, as a result of diverse workshops, 72 fuel-efficient stoves were built in several communities as well as a large-capacity cistern. The fuel-efficient stoves will be used by families to cook and the cistern will provide clean water to a group of families in the community of Crescencio Morales.

The monarchs are starting their journey to Mexico where they will be joyfully greeted by the local communities that have participated in our conservation programs and workshops. As one little girl from Carpinteros said: “We are all ready to receive the monarchs with lots of trees and love!”

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Three communities were involved in tree-planting!
Three communities were involved in tree-planting!
People in Crescencio Morales build a cistern.
People in Crescencio Morales build a cistern.

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Drinking water from the cistern
Drinking water from the cistern

This month our local partner Alternare began the summer reforestation in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR)! They planted 2.8 hectares with 3,400 trees from the school nurseries of Francisco Serrato and El Rincon located in the indigenous community of Crescencio Morales.

Conservation workshops are going full blast with local communities eagerly participating. During the last three months 12 fuel-efficient stoves were built as a result of the workshops where 89 women and 12 men participated. Additionally, five workshops to construct cisterns were held with the participation of 40 men and 20 women resulting in six new cisterns. After one of the workshops, a woman stood proudly drinking a glass of water from the cistern her family had just built and expressed her joy saying, “This is wonderful! All we have to do with the water is boil it and we can drink! Thank you!”

Like the appreciative woman, we at MBF want to express our gratitude for your contributions which are helping improve the daily lives of the indigenous communities in the MBBR. THANK YOU!

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Proud user of a fuel-efficient stove
Proud user of a fuel-efficient stove
Kids work on their nursery at A.L. Mateos School
Kids work on their nursery at A.L. Mateos School

The recent cold snap in the monarch sanctuaries has saddened all of us at MBF but it only prompts us to redouble our conservation efforts. The final count of the butterfly mortality is not in yet and it may take time to gather all the needed data to make a determination, but we are hoping that the monarch’s resilience shines through. While anecdotal photos from the area indicate mortality, there are also videos of many monarchs flying. Also of concern is the large number of trees felled by the high winds during the storm. Our efforts are more needed than ever. Fortunately our tree nurseries around the area are fine.                                                                            

Our local partner Alternare continued working arduously with the local indigenous communities within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. During the first trimester, several workshops and activities were held, including four workshops to build cisterns in four communities with the participation of eleven women and forty one men; and two workshops on how to grow trees in two communities with the participation of eighteen women and twenty three men. The workshops resulted in the construction of six cisterns which will capture rainwater and the establishment of two school tree nurseries. As a workshop participant from Los Zapotes stated, “We are happy to involve our children in the nurseries now when they are young, so they can learn how important and beautiful trees are and just like trees they grow to value and appreciate nature’s beauty.”

MBF will continue striving to restore and conserve the overwintering habitat of the monarch butterflies and to improve the lives of the local communities. In this period of uncertainty with the recent snow storm, we are glad that we have people that truly care like YOU on our side! THANK YOU!

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Kids water trees at A.Obregon Elementary School
Kids water trees at A.Obregon Elementary School
School nursery at Crescencio Morales community
School nursery at Crescencio Morales community

The monarchs have arrived in Mexico! Our local partner Alternare and the indigenous communities that work with us eagerly welcomed them. Alternare’s work focuses on reducing the use of water and wood resources. To this end, during the last trimester of the year, six women and 11 men from local communities within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, participated in two workshops and built six fuel-efficient stoves for three families, two for the schools and one for a community. Additionally, 38 men participated in three workshops and built three school and four community cisterns that will be used by the communities at large. “The cisterns will help us capture rain-water which we will use for the entire community”, said a member of Donaciano Ojeda indigenous community enthusiastically while getting water from the cistern.

In preparation for next year’s reforestation we already have 4,300 new seedlings and 22,000 seedlings-in-growth in our 23 collective tree nurseries waiting for next summer!

MBF is delighted to make all this possible and contribute to forest conservation while improving the standard of living of the local communities. This will in turn benefit the overwintering habitat of the monarch butterflies. We couldn’t do it without your generous contributions!! Thank you!

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Woman by her brand new fuel-efficient stove
Woman by her brand new fuel-efficient stove
 

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Monarch Butterfly Fund

Location: Roseville, MN - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.monarchconservation.org
Project Leader:
Gail Morris
Roseville, MN United States
$33,335 raised of $40,000 goal
 
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