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Oaxaca

BLUECOMMUNITIES

Oaxaca Coast, Mexico

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COSTA REGION

ABOUT OAXACA

The state of Oaxaca in Mexico, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most biodiverse areas in the country. Boasting a wide array of flora and fauna, it is also renowned around the world for its food and drink, particularly the cultivation of chocolate, consumption of grasshoppers and production of mezcal. A place steeped in indigenous culture and history it is also a rapidly growing tourist destination, which with visitors also brings along a massive amount of waste. It is with fixing this problem in mind, along with interest in the conservation of mangroves and local turtle species, that we have partnered for our  BlueCommunities initiative with Fondo Oaxaqueño Para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (The Oaxacan Fund for Nature Preservation). They are an NGO that works to support diverse projects focused on active conservation, preservation and restoration of natural areas as well as those who support the fight against plastic pollution.

LOCAL GOALS
Promote marine wildlife conservation
Promote restoration of local mangroves
Raise awareness about waste management
Promote clean and sustainable beaches
Promote sustainable community practices
Promote community green businesses
Promote environmental education 
RELEVANT UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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LOCAL PARTNER

Oaxacan Fund logoFONDO OAXAQUEÑO PARA LA CONSERVACIÓN DE LA NATURALEZA (FONDOAX) is a non-profit organization passionate about nature, who seek to contribute, hand in hand with the local communities, to the conservation of ecosystems and the biodiversity of Oaxaca. They promote community initiatives that support the sustainable management of natural resources within their territories, linking the different productive skills with the demands of the local, state, national and international market. As well as detonate alliances and participate in inter sectoral initiatives that join the collective efforts of the different actors that converge in a territory. Doing this through a synergy scheme that generates a shared vision where the participatory leadership of the communities prevails as the main protagonists in the development of their territory. 

They focus primarily on species conservation (birds, crocodiles, humpback whales, turtles, etc), prohibition of single use plastics, sustainable fishing, environmental education, collaboration with other organizations and local committees, among others.

 

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The Lagarto Real team planting mangroves.

PROJECTS

In partnership with Fondo Oaxaqueño Para la Conservación de la Naturaleza we are focused on the following efforts:

PLASTIC POLLUTION

FONDOAX has two local partners through which they focus their plastic pollution efforts:

JUNGLA PLÁSTICA (Plastic Jungle): a local NGO that helps collect and manage plastic, glass and metal waste in the community. They offer to pick up recyclable waste free of charge from homes and find the correct processing organizations to dispose of them correctly and safely.

VIVEMAR: an NGO primarily focused on turtle conservation, they regularly host cleanups of the turtle nesting beaches.

We are currently building microplastics collectors in the shape of large sand-sifting cannons to aid in keeping the beaches clean as well as continue education efforts.

 

MANGROVE RESTORATION

FONDOAX works alongside a community-run NGO to help these essential ecosystems recover and thrive.

LAGARTO REAL VENTANILLA: A local cooperative made up of members from the local community in the Ventanilla Lagoon, they have an amazing program dedicated to preserving the local ecosystem, specifically the mangroves and alligator population. One of the main participants of the Trees&Seas festival, in 2021 they planted over 90,000 mangrove trees, an effort which has a massive positive impact on the local fauna.

TURTLE CONSERVATION

VIVEMAR: This great NGO works towards the conservation of local and endemic fauna. One of their main projects is the conservation of sea turtle species. Working with Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill species, they’ve helped thousands of turtles nest safely along the Oaxacan Coast, all the way from Bachoco beach to Vigia beach. Through constant innovation and a dedicated team, they’ve helped these species recover year by year.

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