Established in 1994 to conserve Mexico’s biodiversity and natural resources through grant-making programs and strategic conservation leadership, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C. (FMCN) is Latin America’s largest independent national environmental fund and México´s largest conservation organization. FMCN is a non-profit that achieves this mission by channeling financial resources to on-the-ground conservation projects executed by local organizations who have detailed understanding of local conservation challenges. FMCN works closely with its partners to build capacities and consolidate effective civil society organizations. Through its collaboration with civil society, national and international government agencies, and the private sector, FMCN is a national and international environmental leader, leveraging opportunities, fostering exchange, and helping to define conservation priorities. During its 18 years of operation, FMCN has funded more than 1000 conservation projects throughout Mexico, investing more than 65 million dollars in the field.
The Golden Eagle Population and Habitat Recovery Project
Since the origins of Mexican civilization the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos canadensis) has been considered a celestial symbol and the incarnation of sun and fire. For pre-Hispanic cultures it was a bird of the highest esteem and today it stands as a symbol of our nation at the center on our flag on the coat of arms. In its natural habitat, this raptor plays a fundamental role as a predator that helps maintain balanced populations of other species in arid and semiarid ecosystems found in the mountains and plains of Mexico and North America. Currently, it is estimated that there are fewer than 80 pairs of Golden Eagles left in Mexican territory.
This innovative project aims at contributing to the recovery and conservation of wild Golden Eagle populations and their habitat within their historical distribution in Mexico, and to mitigate human impact on the populations of the species.
In 2009 the National Commission for Protected Areas (Conanp), together with Gaia Editores and FMCN, began and co-financed an educational and public exposure project on the Golden Eagle with additional funds from the business sector (Casa Cuervo). The results of this first effort are the web page www.aguilarealmexico.org, the book Golden Eagle, Living Symbol of Mexico (Águila real, símbolo vivo de México) and the traveling exhibit bearing the same name.
A window of opportunity: NGOs, government and the private sector working together
FMCN is striving to unite actors from both public and private agencies to ensure long-term actions and to guarantee continuity of the initiative despite changes in the presidential administration. The project includes the participation of Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable A.C., FMCN, Conanp, and the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio) and also integrates Mexican experts on the topic, players from the public sector, private sector, other civil society organizations, and international organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
This project is comprised of three strategic components:
1. Monitoring of the Species
2. Conservation Actions
3. Communications and Raising Awareness
Today, the project is being successfully executed and will be able to share with you stellite images of the nest monitoring by January 2014.
Thanks to your effort and support we are viewing a better future for this emblematic bird of prey. In our next report we will show you our first results of implementation of the project regarding conservation and monitoring.
Save the Golden Eagle Team
Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes, 03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico +52 (55) 5611 9779
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