Mission: The mission of the organization is to financially support and strengthen efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in mexico
Programs: Conservation program: the program focuses on two aspects of conservation; forest and watersheds conservation program, and marine and costal conservation program. 1) forest and watersheds conservation program: in 2014, fmcn celebrated the 15th anniversary of its fire management initiative, as well as the first decade of the fire management and restoration fund (fomafur). Fomafur embodies an institutional commitment to improve, on a long-term basis, key capacities centered on fire protection, fire management, and restoration. This program also focuses to address mexico's water crisis through its cities and watersheds project, which strives to involve both urban populations and rural communtiies to achieve this goal. The project activities are carried out by non governmental organizations (ngos), which foster collaboration amoung different sectors for the shared objective to improve the health of mexico's ecosystems and enhance the operation of the hydrological cycle. The work of these ngos provides the most efficient way of uniting multiple actors who may otherwise work independently. 2) costal and marine conservation program: the objective of this program is to finance the conservation initiative of networks of representative coastal and marine ecosystems in the gulf of california and the mesoamerican reef through two mechanisms: a) the gulf of california fund (fgc): fmcn's activities in the gulf of california provide support for the effective management of marine-coastal areas required for biodiversity. They also contribute to the development of sustainable fishery activities in marine protected areas and their respective zones of influence, and consolidate capabilities of civil organizations, citizen participation, and the foundation of the social fabric of coastal communities. Mesoamerican reef fund (mar fund) which is an alliance created by the four national enviromental funds of mexico, belize, guatemala, and honduras as a mechanism to finance the conservation and sustainable use of resources of the mesoamerican reef ecoregion. It is the first environmental fund in the western hemisphere that transcends international boundaries to conserve an ecoregion in a complete and integrated fashion. As the mexican representative in the alliance, fmcn is responsible for administering resources for projects in mexico.
natural protected areas fund (fanp) is an initiative within fmcn that supports the consolidation of these zones. Seventeen years after it began operations, during which it has sought to continually improve and enhance its ability to adapt to and face new challenges to conserve mexico's natural protected areas (anp), the technical committee of fanp decided to implement a process to update and adjust its strategy, which started in september 2013 and concluded in july 2014.
special and innovative projects: 1) coastal watersheds in the context of climate change project (c6): its broad-based objective involves providing support for the comprehensive management of 16 coastal watersheds located on both of mexico's coasts, including 10 priority western watersheds that flow into the gulf of california. In terms of its programs and at the landscape level it is part of the effort to consolidate a functional network of marine protected areas, based on the financial resources generated by an endowment fund. 2) sustainable rural life: to reduce deforstation and contribute to social well-being through the use of eco-technologies and renewable energy in order to improve the environmental, sanitary and economic conditions of rural communities. 3) mesoamerican reef leadership program: the mar leadership program is a joint venture of fmcn and the summit foundation. The program works on the basis of "cohorts" (or generations) of leaders composed of 10 to 12 fellows selected from a variety of professional backgrounds and representing the four mar countries. Participating leaders develop an innovative project focused on a critical conservation opportunity in the mar region. The mar leadership program seeks to create a strong network of conservation leaders working collaboratively to enhance and preserve the mar region. 4) restoration of the wild golden eagle populations and their habitat in mexico: in 2013, fmcn successfully concluded the first stage (2010-2013) of the project restoration of the wild golden eagle (aquila chrysaetos canadensis) populations and their habitat in mexico, which involved the detailed design of this stage and preparation of communication materials. The first year of the second stage of the project began in 2014, focusing on specific monitoring, conservation, restoration, environmental education, and communication activities. 5) other innovative projects: since its creation, fmcn has sought to implement innovative mechanisms to increase the amount of financial resources earmarked for conservation, while enhancing its institutional strength and financial-administrative management to provide technical support to resource recipients who perform the crucial task of employing these resources in the field.