Endangered Species Conservation Fund (FONCER)

Each species is vital to its ecosystem

The Project

The Endangered Species Conservation Fund (FONCER, acronym in Spanish) is a financial mechanism with assets whose objective is the conservation of endangered species and their habitats in and around protected areas (PAs).


Mexico is a megadiverse country, home to approximately 12% of the planet's species. Currently, the country's ecosystems and species are subject to degradation and various forms of direct pressure, both in PAs and surrounding areas. FONCER seeks to strengthen the effective management of PAs for the conservation of priority endangered species and conservation strategies by species for the recovery and/or conservation of their populations. FONCER is a long-term financial mechanism for conserving priority species in Mexico, inspired by the Protected Areas Fund (FANP, acronym in Spanish). FMCN is responsible for the financial management of heritage resources and channels resources through local organizations to implement strategic conservation activities for endangered species and their habitats.

The lines of work that guide FONCER's actions are:

  1. Conservation and/or recovery of endangered species and their habitats. 
  2. Participation of local communities that contribute to species conservation management actions.

FONCER preserves critically endangered species, such as the California condor and the Mexican wolf.


Derived from the call "Conservation of endangered species and their habitats," five initiatives were supported during the 2021-2022 period to address strategic activities for the conservation of five priority species and their habitats in different parts of the national territory: the Peninsular Pronghorn and California Condor in the Baja California peninsula; Mexican wolf in the state of Chihuahua; Lora turtle in Tamaulipas; and Golfina turtle in Oaxaca. The five initiatives have successfully concluded, satisfactorily fulfilling the planned activities.

The participation of the communities played a fundamental role in its compliance and execution. On the one hand, the training and work of the community brigades allowed the monitoring and surveillance of the Kemp's Ridley Turtle and the Olive Ridley Turtles, and the Peninsular Pronghorn; in addition, collaboration with schools helped to disseminate the importance of species conservation, such as the California condor; on the other hand, the joint work with the region's cattle ranchers strengthened good livestock practices to conserve the Mexican wolf.

Learn more about the project:




  • Global Environment Facility
  • United Nations Development Programme

  • Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas