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WLT project partner visits UK to raise awareness of Mexican conservation

15 April, 2010 - 17:12 -- World Land Trust
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Roberto Pedraza, from WLT's Mexican partners Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), visited the UK in March as part of a programme supported by the World Land Trust. Roberto gave presentations at three venues during his visit, which was aimed at raising awareness of the work of GESG within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.

Mexican landscape

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve where WLT project partner GESG work is a unique landscape containing 10 different vegetation types.

Spanning an incredible one million acres, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is believed to be one of the largest community-run natural protected areas on Earth. Working with 100,000 inhabitants across 638 communities, GESG are involved with a variety of activities from land purchase to education to recycling. To date WLT has funded the purchase of 1,780 acres of habitat within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, as well as providing support for the reserve's carbon programme. Sierra Gorda is a biodiversity hot spot holding 10 different vegetation types, six species of cat, as many as 327 species of bird and plants new to science constantly being discovered; 22 species new to science were discovered recently. The work of GESG is a great conservation success story, with the local communities very much at the heart of its success. This year WLT hopes to raise funds to support GESG's land purchase programme. This will depend on WLT being able to raise the funds, primarily from corporate supporters. Watch Roberto's presentation on the conservation work of GESG, on the University of London website. Learn more about the project in Sierra Gorda, Mexico »


Submitted by Dominic Belfield on

As someone who went to the London University presentation given by Roberto Pedraza on March 12th, I can vouch for how engaging this GESG project is; the more I reflect on it, the more inspired and impressed I become by what they've been doing there in central Mexico.

Note the verb: DOING. Not: yakking about how – 'like, er, we really ought to be green? and that…' which is pretty much where British Govt policies have got to so far. Lots of huffing and puffing, but when push comes to shove – still forging ahead with another runway at Heathrow, a new set of Trident nuclear missiles to pretend we're still a world power, and plenty of dithering on fuel efficiency measures and car/supermarket based transport systems.

Mexico is far from perfect, and has many severe problems. But in quieter corners, there are determined, intelligent people forming groups which are genuinely making sensible links between lifestyles and environmental constraints. GESG are showing a clear vision of what can be achieved, even in the midst of terrible odds. We can listen, and learn.

It is our privilege to be their partners.

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