SKY ISLAND ALLIANCE
March 22, 2011
The Sky Islands Alliance (SIA) is a major player in the conservation of some of the most important ecosystem services providers of northwestern Mexico and southwestern USA. The persistence of the ecosystems in mountains sorrounded by a desert sea, not only assures the maintenance of biodiversity and human culture, but guarentees the most important commodity of desertlands: water. Throughout its work, SIA has promoted research, conservation, management and sustainable use of these unique ecosystems for now 20 years. SIA has influenced my academic work and has steered the way I perceive research and conservation to such degree that I have ended writing research papers directly isnpired by its activieties. Its involvement with research scientists as well as with the inhabitants of remote ranches up in the mountains truly reflects SIA's mission of working across a transversal section of the society to achieve conservation, restoration and sensible development of the region ecosystems.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've personally experienced the results of SIA in setting up areas under protection. Also, personally know of SIA's efforts in advancing research by including scientists in its ranks, as well as influencing local authorities and land owners in land protecion issues in shared borderlands of the USA and Mexico.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
SIA is an institution reaching maturity and stability. I don envisage major changes on its structure and/or organization.
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What is its top priority in the long run?
conservation/restoration through multidisciplinary work of mountain ecosystems in the aridlands of SW USA/NW Mexico
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I have done research related to the conservation of key ecosystems in NW México/SW USA.