We support the livelihood of local residents by encouraging artisan projects, and activities that increase tourism-related income. Our focus has been on supporting Alternare’s ongoing capacity-building workshops. During 2011-2016 period, MBF provided funding to Alternare to facilitate 946 workshops in different topics, training 11,806 people from the ejidos and indigenous communities in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Alternare started the year with 13 workshops on diverse topics such as participatory planning, community water management, fruit tree and organic vegetable production, construction and management of cisterns, fuel-efficient stoves, and dry latrines. A total of 123 people from indigenous communities and ejidos participated resulting in the construction of three cisterns, six dry latrines and one fuel-efficient stove benefiting 42 families. Currently, the reforestation planning for this summer is underway. Through Alternare, MBF continues supporting local communities to promote forest conservation and reforestation in the MBBR.