In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd, Nature and Culture International’s team in Mexico celebrated their renewed partnership with CONANP, Mexico’s National Park Service, which began in 2013 and has now grown to encompass the entire northwest region of Sonora and Sinaloa. Through this collaboration, NCI-Mexico is working to preserve key habitats that have been identified by CONANP as top conservation priorities due to their wealth of species and important role in sustaining the regions’ water supply.
Last week our team in Mexico celebrated the sighting of this incredible jaguar, caught on camera by the camera traps installed in and near our Monte Mojino Reserve, which protects over 15,000 acres of tropical deciduous forest habitat for the iconic jaguar, along with countless other species.
By Rhett Butler, Mongabay.com
July 15, 2015 – One of the biggest complaints about nature conservation is that the business is often a top-down affair, where decisions are made by officials and NGOs in distant cities, rather than at the local level, where most of the impacts occur and the bulk of heavy lifting needs to be done. Accordingly, the conservation-from-a-distance approach often suffers lack of local buy-in, translating to paper parks, where protected areas exist in name only.
Keenly aware of this issue, Nature and Culture International (NCI) puts local communities at the center of its efforts to support the establishment and expansion of protected areas in Latin America. Focusing on “bottom-up conservation”, NCI has helped protect over 13.3 million acres (5.4 million hectares) of threatened ecosystems in Peru, Ecuador and Mexico since 1997, making it one of the most influential non-profits in the region, despite maintaining a low profile.
A few weeks ago, Lydia Lozano, the Project Coordinator for NCI-Mexico, visited our staff in Ecuador to learn from their work with local communities and governments. Because both Ecuador and Mexico are home to unique but severely threatened dry forest ecosystems, we are learning from our successes to strengthen our work.
February, 2012 | The San Diego Union Tribune ran a front page profile of Nature and Culture International’s founder, Ivan Gayler. The article tells the story of what inspired Ivan to start the organization, and how it has become one of the most relevant and effective conservation nonprofits operating in Latin America – directly catalyzing the protection of more than 8 million acres.
January 25, 2012 | Two renowned organizations with exceptional track records have partnered to conserve millions of acres of tropical forest and wildlife habitat.
Nature and Culture International is joining forces with San Diego Zoo Global to make a lasting difference for species, communities and the planet. The two organizations are collaborating on four initial projects in Central and South America that will improve the future for animal species and local people by protecting the healthy ecosystems on which both depend.