The day after Earth Day, 2019, Mexico's federal register published a revised Bay of Loreto National Park Management Plan – abrogating the 2002 version and making official the results of an extensive process that began more than 10 years ago, when numerous public hearings and participative processes in and around Loreto developed a community consensus.
Anticipation is building for Eco-Alianza's second annual One Ocean Film Festival. In last month's Soundings we announced the four feature films we've planned for this year's two-night festival. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Friday night's line-up will begin with an introduction by director Eréndira Valle of La Paz, who will screen her 12-minute short film, Whale Sharks of La Paz. The documentary explores conservation efforts to protect these massive creatures in the southern part of our state.
Plan to be at Eco-Alianza’s CenCoMA headquarters on Thursday at 5 p.m., as Marine Biologist Christian Raúl Torres Romero recounts details of his six research trips to the Biosphere Reserve of Isla Guadalupe, 220 miles southwest of Ensenada.
For some of us it seems surprising that a new year is upon us and that almost a month has already slipped by. At Eco-Alianza we're still exceedingly proud of the year just passed, and want to share with our supporters a glimpse at some of the highlights.
Now entering its third year is a collaboration among four nonprofit organizations in Northwest Mexico, including Eco-Alianza, to strengthen surveillance and enforcement of fishing and environmental regulations in at least six marine protected areas.
This year's November 16 Gala was a resounding success and we at Eco-Alianza are grateful to all who joined us for our 11th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser! We also want to thank our loyal supporters who could not attend, but who helped significantly with generous donations.
As we reported last month, Eco-Alianza supporters have made possible the continuation of a program to protect and monitor the nests of the marine park's Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas). As of “press time,” Sea Turtle nest monitors have documented and protected 28 nests on nine beaches, including La Pinta, Oasis, Salinitas, Nopoló, Juncalito, El Taste, Ligui, Estero Las Lisas, and Ensenada Blanca.
Sea Turtles nesting on coastal beaches within the Bay of Loreto National Park (PNBL) will benefit from an important decision made earlier this month. A group of Eco-Alianza supporters banded together to fund a conservation proposal put forth by six Mexican nationals who live in coastal beach communities, nearby PNBL's most active Sea Turtle nesting beaches.
As reported in last month's Soundings, Eco-Alianza is collaborating with 14 other local and regional organizations and associations, and with local government, in a new alliance called #LoretoIdeal. The main idea behind the initiative is to join hands with other stakeholders who are interested in assessing and addressing some of the major challenges standing in the way of a sustainable and prosperous Loreto.
On June 19, Loreto had its first taste of a long-term campaign to promote truly participative democracy in the municipality, involving citizens, businesses/organizations, and government. The #LoretoIdeal collaboration already has 14 local and regional groups formally committed – with organizations, citizens, and candidates pledging to help address Loreto's major problems in a transparent, inclusive, and solution-focused way.