The Sierra Madre Occidental region, which encompasses northeastern Sonora in Mexico and borders the southern border of Arizona in the United States, is recognized worldwide as a center of biodiversity. It represents a key binational biological corridor for many native and migratory wildlife species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Mrs. Anna Valer Clark and her family, through her organization Cuenca de Los Ojos, A.C.
(CLO), have dedicated the last 40 years to the restoration and protection of these extraordinary Mexican ecosystems. Thanks to her work, more than 53,000 hectares of native grassland and scrubland have been restored, and important wetlands have been recovered. This territory is conserved through nine properties under CLO stewardship in northeastern Sonora.
FMCN, CLO, and The Wyss Foundation have agreed to a partnership, in which The Wyss Foundation provides $10 million in equity for the management of nine ADVC-certified properties. FMCN is in charge of the financial management of the endowment and channels annual returns that fund an Annual Operating Plan for the CLO properties. Annual returns from the endowment, contributed by The Wyss Foundation, are used to cover the costs of maintaining and managing the properties, while FMCN provides counterpart resources for grassland restoration, wildlife monitoring, fire management, research, and environmental education activities.
The lines of work that guide the actions of Cuenca Los Ojos are:
- Efficient administration of the nine CLO properties.
- Effective administration of the nine CLO properties.