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Pronatura Noreste
Pronatura is a Mexican non-profit, civic organization, whose mission is to protect and conserve Mexico´s biodiversity through the conservation of natural areas, the support of environmental education, and the promotion of sound environmental policies. Pronatura Noreste is working to protect and conserve the Chihuahuan Desert in partnership with leading international conservation organizations such as WWF and The Nature Conservancy. Read more about Cuatro Ciénegas...

Director: Juan Carlos Barrera
Address: Aspérgulas N° 22 (antes Pino)
              Col. San Clemente, C. P. 01740, México, D.F.
Telephone/Fax: (55) 5635-5054

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Niparaja, Conservación del Territorio Insular Mexicano (ISLA) and Grupo Ecologista Arustos (GEA)
Niparaja is a non-profit organization, established in 1991, that is focused on conserving the natural capital of Southern Baja California through collaborative, science-based actions for the present and future benefit of local communities. Formed in 1995, ISLA's mission is the conservation of the diversity of the surrounding coastal and marine ecosystems. GEA is a private association, formed in 1996, due to the concern of a group of Loreto citizens for the care and protection of the marine resources and ecosystems that have been exhausted and destroyed by uncontrolled human activities
. Read more about Loreto Bay/Isla Espiritu Santo...

Niparaja President: Susana Mahieux Dubot
Address: Madero 389 entre Constitución y 5 de Mayo, La Paz 23000, Baja California Sur
Telephone: (612)122 11 71
Fax: (612)122 12 98

GEA President: Juan Carlos Valdez
Km 111 carretera Loreto-Nopolo, Loreto, Baja California Sur 23880
Fax: (113) 504 08 fax

ISLA President: Antonio Cantú Díaz Barriga
Address: Álvaro Obregón No. 735 E / Torre Iglesias y Salvatierra, Col. El Esterito, C.P. 23020, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México
Telephone: 01(612) 123-43-18
Fax: 01(612) 123-00-85
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Instituto de Historia Natural y Ecología de Chiapa (IHNE)
The Instituto de Historia Natural y Ecología de Chiapas (IHNE) is PiP's primary partner in the state of Chiapas and is a state-affiliated organization. IHNE, a semi-autonomous branch of the Chiapas State government, is a natural resource management agency and research institute created by the Chiapas government in 1942 to oversee the conservation and study of the state's natural wealth. Since 1972, IHNE has provided important on-site protection and conservation programs at several protected areas in the state. IHNE conducts research, manages the Chiapas zoo (ZOOMAT) and botanical garden--which display only native speciesraise funds, conduct public relations and education campaigns in the state capital, and provide technical support, financial accounting and reporting to different protected areas. In 1996, when El Ocote, El Triunfo, and La Encrucijada were decreed Biosphere Reserves, the National Institute of Ecology (INE) was given responsibility for managing the reserves. Since 2000, the management of national protected areas in Mexico has been the responsibility of the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP).
Read more about El Ocote Biosphere Reserve...
, El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve..., and La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve...

Director: Dr. Carlos R. Beutelspacher Baigts
Street Address: Departamento de Areas Naturales (DAN) Calzada de los Hombres Ilustres s/n Museo Botánico
Mailing Address: Apartado Postal No. 6 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas 29000 MEXICO
Telephone: (52-9) 614-4700/ 614-4701/614-4765/614-4459
Fax: (52-9) 614-4700/ 614-4701/614-4765/614-4459
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Pronatura Península de Yucatán
The Nature Conservancy's primary partners in the Yucatán are the non-governmental organization Pronatura Península de Yucatán, A.C. (PPY) and the Mexican National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP). Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1985, PPY is a non-profit conservation organization affiliated with the Mexico City-based Pronatura, A.C. PPY's mission is to conserve the flora, fauna and priority ecosystems of the Yucatán Península and promote the development of society in harmony with nature in the Yucatán Península. PPY works in three geographic areas which represent the Yucatán Peninsula's greatest biodiversity: the coastal zone, focusing in the Ría Celestún and Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserves, on the coast of the southern states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán; the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, in the Maya Forest Region in the south of the state of Campeche; and Punta Laguna, a spider monkey sanctuary located in the state of Quintana Roo, where PPY works closely with a traditional Mayan community. PPY is a science-based organization which applies environmental education to influence different sectors of society. PPY also works closely with government reserve management, while seeking to create successful conservation and sustainable resource use models that can be assimilated and applied by local community members in the Península. PPY's high-level board of governors, drawn from the Yucatán's and Campeche's private sector and academia, supports the organization's experienced field staff of biologists and community extensionists to achieve tangible gains for wildlife conservation and habitat protection on the Peninsula. When Calakmul and Ría Celestún were established as Biosphere Reserves by presidential decree, the National Institute of Ecology (INE) was given responsibility for managing the reserves. Since 2000, management of national protected areas in Mexico has been the responsibility of the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP).
Read more about Calakmul Biosphere Reserve... and Ría Celestún & Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve...

Executive Director: María Andrade Hernández
Street and Mailing Address: Calle 17 No. 188-A x 10 Col. García Ginerés, Mérida, Yucatán, 97070 MEXICO
Telephone: (52-99) 25-37-87
Fax: (52-99) 25-37-87
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Amigos de Sian Ka'an
The Nature Conservancy's primary partners at Sian Ka'an are the non-governmental organization Amigos de Sian Ka'an, A.C. (ASK) and the management of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, working through the Mexican National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP). Amigos de Sian Ka'an, A.C. is a nonprofit, private organization, whose mission is to conserve biodiversity and maintain ecological processes for the benefit of present and future generations. Founded in Cancún in 1986, ASK focuses its efforts on the Yucatán Peninsula and the Caribbean, more specifically in the state of Quintana Roo and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Together with strategic alliances, ASK identifies, protects and assists in the management of highly diverse or critically important natural areas, while providing training and environmental education to diverse sectors in society, as well as creating tools, models and implementing productive alternatives that combine site and resource conservation with sustainable use. Amigos de Sian Ka'an serves as a channel for the private sector's conservation efforts in the region, and collaborates with the local, state and federal governments, as well as numerous national and international institutions and local inhabitants to achieve its conservation objectives. ASK has been instrumental in ensuring the legal protection of over 800,000 hectares on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico. In 1986, when Sian Ka'an was established as a federal Biosphere Reserve, the National Institute of Ecology (INE) was given responsibility for managing the reserve. Since 2000, management of national protected areas in Mexico have been the responsibility of the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP).
Read more about Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve...

Executive Director: Marco Lazcano Barrero
Street Address: Calle Crepusculo No. 18, esquina con Amanecer Supermanzana 44, Manzana 13 Fraccionamiento Alborada C.P. 77506, Cancún, Quintana Roo, MEXICO
Mailing Address: Apartado Postal 770 Cancún, Quintana Roo, C.P. 77500 MEXICO
Telephone: 52 (9) 880 6024
Fax: 52 (9) 848 1618

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Read more about Mexico...