On the ground, since 1968
WWF has been active in Mexico since 1968, when it supported its first project in Mexico: an assessment of the status of Grizzly bears in Chihuahua. WWF Mexico has come a long way since then by expanding its focus from the protection of a single charismatic species, to the conservation and rational management of habitats and ecoregions which makes possible the survival and the eventual reintroduction of many species, such as the marine Vaquita.
Mexico Forest Program
One of the major programs is the Mexico Forest Program. Nearly 30% of the nation's territory is covered with diverse forest. These forests have high biodiversity value, produce a wide range of economic benefits, and are essential to the well being of many rural and urban Mexican communities.
Home to many rare animal species
A well-preserved forest ecosystem in Mexico is also critical for the survival of relevant species. For instance, millions of Monarch Butterflies travel from Canada and United States every year to over-winter in the Pine-Oak and Oyamel Fir forests of central Mexico in a spectacled biological phenomenon. Other species that inhabit the Mexican forests are the puma and the black bear.
Twelve of the Global 200 ecoregions - regions identified by WWF as globally important and in need of immediate attention - extend into the Mexican territory. Although all of the ecoregions are biologically important and merit first-rate attention, WWF Mexico Program Office concentrates its efforts in the following 3 ecoregions: Gulf of California, Mesoamerican Reef, Chihuahuan Desert, and Chihuahuan Freshwater. Within this ecoregional approach, the main areas where this program works are the following: