Produced in coordination with the World Land Trust for the organization's 30th Anniversary.
Featuring Renowned Conservationists of Mexico's Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve:
Martha ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo & Roberto Pedraza Ruiz
Executive Producers: Dan Bradbury & Claire Whittenbury
Filmed & Edited by: Kristin Gates & Jeremy Là Zelle
Located in the heart of Mexico, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is a natural protected area that covers a third of Querétaro state. Its inhabitants include various species which are in danger of extinction, such as the Jaguar and the Military Macaw. It is the seventh largest Reserve in Mexico and the most diverse in terms of ecosystems. Thanks to our initiatives and innovations in GESGIAP, in 1997 the Sierra Gorda was recognized as a protected natural area by the Environmental and Natural Resource Ministry (SEMARNAT). Since then, the region has transformed into a role model of sustainable development for Mexico and the world.
CONSERVATION IN ACTION
Although called a Reserve, much of the land inside Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve boundaries is in private ownership and therefore unprotected. The World Land Trust (WLT) is working with GESG to bring as much of this land under protection as possible. Threats include cattle ranching, slash and burn forest clearance, illegal hunting, timber extraction and inefficient agricultural practices which lead to soil erosion. Mining and associated pollution, together with urban sprawl also threaten this biodiverse habitat.
The World Land Trust has enabled Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda to purchase many reserves and is continuing to raise funds to help GESG purchase and protect more wildlife habitat in this area of high biological importance.