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. Although each species is critical, priority species have been identified for conservation through FONCER. 

The project seeks to safeguard Mexico's globally significant biodiversity by establishing tools and capacities to ensure PAs' effective and sustainable functioning with the conservation of priority endangered species.  

FONCER is a long-term financial mechanism under the Protected Areas Fund's general administrative and governance framework (FANP, acronym in Spanish). FMCN is responsible for the financial management of heritage resources and channels resources through civil society organizations to implement strategic conservation activities for endangered species and their habitats.

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

  1. Conservation 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 a call for proposals entitled “Conserving Endangered Species and their Habitats,” issued in 2020, five projects were supported to address strategic activities for the conservation of five priority species and their habitats in different areas of the Mexican territory: in the Baja California peninsula: the peninsular pronghorn and the California condor; in the state of Chihuahua: the Mexican wolf; in Tamaulipas: the Kemp’s ridley turtle; and in Oaxaca the olive ridley turtle. Four of the five projects have already been completed, satisfactorily fulfilling their planned activities.

Learn more about the project:




  • Global Environment Facility
  • United Nations Development Programme

  • Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas