Open Spaces: Wildlife Without Borders Grantee Wins Coveted Conservation Prize

Wildlife Without Borders Grantee Wins Coveted Conservation Prize

Our Wildlife Without Borders program continues to make a global impact.

One of our grantees – Grupo de Estudios Ambientales (the Environmental and Social Studies Group) – just won a 2012 Equator Prize, a highly competitive award with over 800 nominations from 113 countries.

Grupo de Estudios Ambientales has been one of our grant partners for nearly ten years. We’ve provided a total of nearly $346,000 in competitive grants to their community conservation projects, which they have matched with more than $720,000 in leveraged funds.

outreachWorking hard to protect wildlife. (Photo: Grupo de Estudios Ambientales) 

The Grupo de Estudios Ambientales secures access to safe water for local people in the central mountain region of Guerrero, Mexico, and at the same time shows communities how to use their resources in a sustainable way. They train subsistence farmers in land management, and build the farmers’ capacity to work the land in a way that benefits both people and wildlife.

The group has reforested more than 1,200 acres of land and established 60 organic farms that provide income and food to local people in the Chilapa region. They teach women and youth how to grow and store local food and improve household sanitation. The group has been instrumental in establishing nine community reserves and protected areas for wildlife.

The Equator Prize was awarded at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.

We are proud to support this award-winning conservation initiative that benefits local communities and wildlife.

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Last updated: June 21, 2012