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Browse Projects Overview

MBF's Sustainable Development initiative promotes activities that enable local communities in and around the MBBR to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life through the adoption of ecological practices and community projects. In partnership with local organizations, we support projects that train people in the production of organic vegetables, organic fertilizers, fruit and forest trees, as well as the construction of fuel-efficient stoves and cisterns to capture rainwater.

Sample Project: Alternare - training generations of leaders

Alternare is a well-known and well-respected local organization working to promote sustainable development in their region. This MBF-supported project focuses on Alternare's innovative capacity building workshops. In 2023, 26 participatory planning workshops were held focusing on social vulnerability to climate change. These planning workshops result in community-driven projects such as the construction of fuel efficient stoves and rain-capturing cisterns, organic agriculture and other practices. 

MBF is proud to partner with such a proven change-maker. 

During 2011-2016 period, Alternare facilitated 946 MBF-funded workshops on various topics, training 11,806 people from the ejidos and indigenous communities in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

Local people near the reserves used to clear these forests as their ancestors did, to feed their families and have wood for fuel. Poverty is a huge problem, and when people are desperate, they turn to logging. MBF works to improve the local economy so that people are not driven to poach.

Carol Pasternak, Toronto Canada