Craig Rieben 703-358-2225
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded $562,000 in grants to support conservation of a wide range of Mexican wildlife species, including monarch butterflies, jaguar, migratory bats and migratory birds.
In announcing the awarding of the grants, Service Director H. Dale Hall said, "It is through grants such as these that the U.S. is doing its part to ensure these species remain a part of the Earth's biological landscape for generations to come. Partnering with the Government of Mexico in managing these grants will help protect the rich biological inheritance shared by our two nations."
The grants are awarded through the Service's Wildlife Without Borders-Mexico Program, using funds designated by the U.S. Congress for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The funding is provided to work with the Government of Mexico in building the local capacity for biodiversity conservation and management. The grants will leverage over one million dollars in additional contributions from an array of partners, including the Government of Mexico and not-for profit organizations.
"These grants provide critical support for efforts to develop Mexico's capacity to manage its own natural resources. The two countries have a long history of cooperation aimed at protecting their important biological resources. This is true not only along the 2,000-mile border we share, but also the large number of migratory species which depend upon vital areas of habitat in both countries during their annual migrations," said Herb Raffaele, Chief of the Service's Division of International Conservation.
Funded projects include efforts to protect the wintering habitats of the monarch butterfly in the few remnant forests of central Mexico; protection of jaguar habitat through its remaining range in Mexico; training for Mexican personnel in wildlife conservation and management; development of training curricula and material for peasant farmers in biosphere reserves and other important ecosystems; training for reserve wardens; and a certificate course for journalists on key aspects of biodiversity conservation, outreach, and public involvement.
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