Oaxaca State faces environmental challenges such as pollution and the loss of forest cover that exacerbate the poverty and vulnerability of its residents to natural disasters. Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FOCN) is strengthening its role in environmental programming in Oaxaca and solidifying its organizational structure, setting it on a more sustainable trajectory. The IAF supports community-led solutions to fortify civil society organizations providing needed services in Mexico. Through this grant, FOCN engages its board of directors, staff, community leaders, and local organizations in assessments and strategic planning in order to strengthen programming. FOCN’s activities bolster efforts to counteract environmental degradation and protect the natural resources on which communities depend.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Institutional strengthening and strategic planning for Fondo Oaxaqueno para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza||Mexico||2020 – 2021||$70,400||$89,245||2,000 individuals||1,200 individuals||Organizational Development
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By sustainably harvesting forests, Mexican community organizations are stemming deforestation and ensuring opportunities for all people to thrive in their home communities.
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