According to The International Community Foundation, who do wonderful work helping the people ad environment of Baja and Mexico, land around San Ignacio Lagoon will now be protected. Please read below.
ICF Grantee, Pronatura Noroeste, Secures Long-Term Protection for Over 200,000 Acres of Coastal Lands in San Ignacio Lagoon
Mexico's Commission for Natural & Protected Areas (CONANP) has
recently announced the designation of an environmentally-focused,
non-extractive concession - otherwise known as an UMA "Units for the
Conservation, Management and Utilization of Wildlife" (Unidades de Conservación, Manejo y Aprovechamiento de Vida Silvestre
or UMAs) - to Ensenada-based Pronatura Noroeste, for the long-term
protection and conservation of 184,000 acres of federally-owned coastal
lands in Laguna San Ignacio, located in the El Vizcaino Biosphere
Reserve in Baja California Sur. The announcement was made in a press
conference in Mexico City on August 23rd, 2012.
The historic UMA agreement between CONANP and Pronatura Noroeste was
made possible thanks to the steady support and commitment of the Laguna
San Ignacio Conservation Alliance, of which the International Community
Foundation is a founding member.
While the International Community Foundation has proven
successful in securing close to $500,000 in funding to promote the
stewardship of Laguna San Ignacio through the Baja Stewardship Fund, an
additional $600,000 is needed to ensure that these lands are protected
in perpetuity. The current stewardship costs for the UMA in Laguna San
Ignacio are $48,000 annually. According to Richard Kiy, President
& CEO of the International Community Foundation, "Pronatura's
long-term concession in Laguna San Ignacio presents a unique opportunity
for donors interested in leaving a lasting legacy to make an endowment
gift to the Baja Stewardship Fund protecting the breeding grounds of the
California Grey Whale."
For additional information on the Baja Stewardship Fund, Pronatura or the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance, click here http://www.icfdn.org/initiatives/laguna_san_ignacio/laguna_san_ignacio.php