in Colonial Queretaro City
heart of Mexico, The Sierra Gorda of Queretaro A World Biosphere Reserve"
November 08 - March 09
A major exposition of the Sierra Gorda in the
beautiful historic center of Queretaro City, Mexico.
Elena Baca Suquet, Jorán Martínez & Ruben O. Navarrete : Three artists
interpret the beauty and biodiversity of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve
of Queretaro State in a three month exhibit of an all weather interpretive
collection of 97 images along the fence of the Alameda Hidalgo, in the
historic center of Queretaro City, an outstanding site of UNESCO´s Cultural
World Heritage. The maps and information of this outdoor museum of the
natural heritage and civil movement for conservation will raise awareness
and interest in protecting the northern third of the state.
Come visit the Sierra Gorda on a guided tour with our partners, Sierra Gorda
Ecotours (www.sierragorda.net), and stay in the natural sanctuaries that are
protected and managed by the local people. The exhibit is only an
introduction. Announcement in Earth Island Journal´s latest edition:
BBVA Foundation Prize for Acts of Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America
to the Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda
of the BBVA Foundation Prize for Acts of Biodiversity Conservation in Latin
America conceded the prize that recognizes work carried out by non-profit
entities to the Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda for its Management Program for
the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve (Mexico), “for demonstrating that
biodiversity conservation generates wealth and well-being to the local
population. The original and innovative activities carried out have
permitted gaining important environmental objectives while there is a
parallel improvement in the lives of the inhabitants of the area.”
Roberto Pedraza Muñoz, co-founder and Executive Director of the Grupo
Ecologico Sierra Gorda received the $250,000.00 (euro) prize in Madrid,
Click to read the official
Crossed Wires or a Threatened Paradise?
One branch of Mexico’s government seems not to have gotten the memo about
the country’s most valuable protected area.
Mexico has nominally protected some tracts of its vast and diverse natural
heritage for nearly a century, but only in recent decades have its
governments taken strong action to back up the legal designation of ‘Natural
Protected Area’ with resources, personnel and clear management plans.
Current President Felipe Calderón has been especially energetic, expanding
both the acreages under protection and the budget of the country’s National
Commission for Protected Areas. So observers have been unsettled to discover
recently that one branch of the Calderón administration appears to be out of
the progressive loop, and is now threatening an area many consider to be the
crown jewel in Mexico’s system of protected habitats.
Carnaval 2008 San Francisco, California
VERDE May 24th and 25th in The Mission
Viva Sierra Gorda shared a booth with Earth Island
Institute in the Green Zone (La Zona Verde) during the Carnaval this year,
educating the public about the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and the civil
conservation movement taking place to protect and restore the region.
We had eight volunteers at the booth who helped
raise awareness, gave out materials and collected donations, sold the Viva
Sierra Gorda t-shirt and collected signatures on a petition to protest a
major threat to the integrity of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve
(click here to learn more).
Thanks to our volunteers outreach made a
difference to the San Francisco and the Sierra Gorda community.
Viva Sierra Gorda is co-sponsoring at the World Birding Center in McAllen
Texas an exhibition of original paintings by Dana Gardner
(http://www.partnersinflight.org/events/mcallen/) featuring charismatic
birds in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve native vegetation. Join us in
McAllen, Texas, February 14 – 17th when Dana Gardner will present his
original watercolor illustrations of charismatic birds of the Sierra Gorda
and Northeast of Mexico .
In January, the
International Foundations for Indigenous Peoples (http://www.internationalfunders.org/) will hold its first meeting outside
the USA, in Queretaro Mexico, home of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.
Sierra Gorda´s grassroots partners are both participants and destinations
for the attendees.