Our Conservation Values

In undertaking our work in Mexico, MBF embraces a philosophy of flexibility, open-mindedness, and sensitivity to the cultural and economic realities of the region. Our conservation strategy is guided by the values described below.

Recognition of Interconnectedness

Workshop at Alternare
Working with local communities during an Alternare workshop

MBF recognizes that economic development and conservation must proceed hand-in-hand. Long term conservation of the monarch butterfly cannot occur in isolation from or to the detriment of the economic and cultural well-being of the local communities.

Collaborative Approach

MBF seeks out and establishes international partnerships among groups and individuals from Mexico, Canada, and the United States that share common interests in forest restoration and monarch butterfly conservation.


North American Monarch Conservation Plan - a trilateral initiative
North American Monarch Conservation Plan - a trilateral initiative

MBF is guided by and applies the best available science in determining its priorities, conducting its activities, and evaluating its effectiveness.


MBF deals openly and directly with its stakeholders. These include Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), administrators of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR), donors, collaborators, local communities, and the general public. MBF encourages the sharing of information resulting from research conducted with its support and, where appropriate, encourages publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and popular publication outlets.

Conservation Priorities

Forest in the Mountains of Chincua
Forest on Chincua-Zapatero

Forest conservation and restoration are essential priorities for the long term sustainability of the region. This is a complex undertaking, however, requiring a multi-pronged approach: understanding and applying the specific factors favoring growth, providing environmental education to increase awareness and stewardship, and helping to establish sustainable community development projects that improve living standards.

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