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$100 Million For Landmark Mexican Conservation Effort

12 September, 2012

A new alliance announced an investment of $100 million in a landmark
conservation effort in Mexico earlier this month.

The World Wildlife Fund
(WWF) along with the Fundación Carlos Slim and the Mexican Federal Government,
have formed the group to support and significantly advance ongoing conservation
efforts at the local,national and global levels.

The plan is to
establish Mexico as a global model for conservation by protecting its rich
natural heritage and promoting sustainable development within six priority
regions that collectively represent 30 percent of the country.

This work
will include efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change,develop
comprehensive water management policies,strengthen civil society,develop
innovative financial mechanisms,and invest in local sustainable
economies.

“Mexico is home to 10 percent of the Earth’s species and this
wealth of diversity is important not only for Mexico’s ecosystems,but for the
people here who depend on these resources for their social,economic and
physical well-being,” said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts.

The goal
is to support biodiversity conservation in areas of exceptional natural
richness. An assessment of the major issues and recommended actions was
developed based on consultation with more than 100 government and civil society
experts across the selected regions: the Gulf of California,Chihuahuan Desert,
Mesoamerican Reef of Mexico,Oaxaca,Monarch Butterfly Region and Chiapas
(Lacandona Forests and El Triunfo).

The alliance is working with federal,
state and municipal governments,civil society organizations,local communities
and academia to establish the basis for the conservation of priority protected
areas within the six regions.

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