To protect biodiversity in the Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) and the five surrounding Mexican states –Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa and Nayarit – an area of extremely high marine species diversity. The region has among the highest rates of endemic species in the Western Hemisphere, and highly productive fisheries. The Gulf’s islands, which are comparable to the Galapagos in rates of endemism, harbor some of the world’s largest colonies of seabirds. The region contains important terrestrial and coastal habitats such as coastal lagoons, mangroves, dune systems, oases, and desert scrubland. The Gulf itself also hosts important marine protected areas (MPAs) and sensitive marine ecosystems.
Goals and Objectives
- Ensure coordination and collaboration among foundations with programs supporting conservation work in the Gulf of California, by providing opportunities for information sharing, dialogue, and development of complementary grantmaking strategies.
- Increase the level of conservation funding available for the region in protecting Gulf of California biodiversity and ecosystems (terrestrial, coastal and marine).
- Reach out to potential new donors interested in the GOC region, including international funders and government agencies.
- Educate funders on a wide range of international marine conservation issues, looking for strategic linkages to Gulf of California conservation.
- Provide an accessible interface to Mexican government leaders and civil society organizations.
- Program-focused funder meetings to strategize on topics of shared interest;
- Facilitate the development of a multi-donor marine protected area (MPA) endowment for the Gulf of California.;
- Funder site visits to the Gulf of California region.;
- Series of regular funder conference calls on Gulf of California conservation issues.; and