Environmental conservation as practiced at the Yucatán haciendas
The Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya has developed numerous environmental conservation projects in communities surrounding targeted haciendas.
This program consists of integral campaigns for building environmental awareness and healing, along with efforts to organize communities for garbage collection, public-space reforestation, and renewed appreciation for the traditional use of a traspatio garden.
Solid waste management
At Itzincab and Temozón a commitment was made to provide family-maintained trash receptacles; municipal authorities agreed to collect refuse weekly and the community organized itself both to clean public spaces as well as to maintain their houses and shared domestic spaces in an orderly and hygienic manner.
PET plastic container recycling
We support a PET plastic container collection and recycling program.
Environmental awareness/Plant and wildlife protection
The Costa de Jalisco Foundation, whose principal goal is to support increased ecological awareness, principally among young people and children, undertakes research, conservation, environmental education and outreach projects.
• Biodiversity protection, maintenance and stewardship
• School-group environmental education via guided visits supported in turn by promotional literature
• Findings publication and promotion
• Wild plant life identification
• Sample collection for herbal apothecaries
• Sylvan species seed collection for seed reproduction
• Sea turtle protection as carried out with the help of civil-society entities, students and teachers, as well as municipal and federal authorities.
• Species protection consisting of the return of displaced forest animals to their natural habitats
• Area bird census: 182 bird species, of which 16 enjoy special protection status and 12 are endemic to the Yucatán.
Pink flamingo conservation at the Ría Lagartos biosphere
The Pedro y Elena Hernández foundation serves on the board Niños y crías, A. C., an organization whose goal is the creation of human-centered conservation projects that see environmental education and community development as a fundamental element in a culture that values caring for the environment.
One of the organization’s most noteworthy projects is the work it does on behalf of Caribbean pink flamingo conservation at the Yucatán’s Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve (which is also operated by Niños y Crías). Their efforts have already allowed for flamingoes to be removed from endangered species lists; another outcome has been positive trends with regard to community development, based on environmental education campaigns such as the “education through pride” Modelo RARE project that focused on solid waste management.