Fire Management and Restoration Fund
The Fire Management and Restoration Fund (FOMAFUR) is an endowment fund whose annual interest is channeled to projects selected through an open call for proposals. The goal of the projects is to build local capacities for fire management. The endowment is complemented by funding and strategic support from the United States Forest Service (USFS).
The alliance with the USFS and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has enabled the exchange of technical knowledge and information. It has also led to the creation of a community with which to share lessons and insights and has fostered coordination with national and international institutions in order to improve fire related public policies. Within FMCN, the success of this initiative has paved the way for a more comprehensive program focusing on forest management as a whole.
Since 2005, FOMAFUR has provided financial and technical support to nine community-based projects. The projects have built local capacities to manage and combat fires and have fostered community organization and the creation of networks based on the shared interest of fire management. In order to facilitate learning and exchange, FOMAFUR created the Fire Management Learning Community which shares information through face to face exchanges and an online portal.
The construction of local technical and institutional capacity to manage wildfires is especially important for the regions of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula where recent hurricanes have felled a large number of trees and generated large quantities of fuel.
Fomento Ecológico Banamex, US Forest Service
Project length: permanent.
Last updated: August 2017