Designed in 1993 and incorporated in January 1994, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C. (FMCN) finances and strengthens actions and projects to conserve Mexico’s natural heritage. FMCN participates as a key supporter of conservation initiatives and social development within the monarch butterfly region of Mexico, principally in the 56,259 hectares of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Although originally conceived to administer endowment resources and allocate the interest generated in projects executed by civil society organizations, FMCN has also been able to raise a significant amount of funding for direct application from domestic and international sources.
In its 20 years of existence, FMCN has accumulated solid experience in financing, managing, and monitoring conservation initiatives.
To date, the organization has given close to 55 million dollars to 995 projects in almost all of the country’s states and ecosystems. It has also strengthened the capacities of hundreds of community organizations as well as domestic and international conservationists.
FMCN does not execute projects directly, but offers support to partners who have a deeper knowledge and understanding of local and regional challenges and needs. One of the main strengths of FMCN is that, without exception, the allocation of resources to active organizations and groups is based on technical and strategic merit and projects that directly respond to the country’s conservation needs. Another of its strengths is its ability to design public-private partnerships to make the best possible use of the confluence of resources and to reorient and align the public budget with the country’s conservation priorities. FMCN is governed by an Assembly of Associates (32), a Board of Directors (15), five Technical Committees, and a multidisciplinary team of over 42 professionals.
FMCN’s contribution to conservation in Mexico and Central America is carried out through four programs:
- Fund for Protected Areas (FANP)
- Forests and Watersheds
- Oceans and Coasts
- Special and Innovative Projects