Mexico’s cultural and natural wealth are inextricably intertwined. For thousands of years, its ecosystems have supported the development of pre-Columbian civilizations like the Maya, Olmec, Zapotec and Aztec. Today, these same ecosystems continue to be the source of life for a population of more than 120 million inhabitants— the largest in the Spanish-speaking world!
Since 1986, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has promoted the conservation of Mexico's most valuable natural landscapes- deserts in the north, forests and jungles in the south, and the seas and coasts of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. We have helped protect more than 8.5 million acres of land and sea.
Today in Mexico, our science, experience and alliances have allowed us to find harmony through balancing human activities and nature. With science-based land, water, oceans and rivers protection strategies, we are moving towards more sustainable development. We not only enable dynamic growth for Mexico and empower people to thrive— we also ensure the conservation of Mexico’s priceless natural capital.
Safeguarding our most vital resource
Charting a sustainable course for oceans and people
Expanding conservation and sustainable rural development
Finding balance between nature and hydropower infrastructure
Mixing ancient farming practices with modern science is saving forests in Mexico and producing better crops.
We are working to save the Maya Forest. Take a look at some beautiful photographs documenting our work!
In Mexico, the conservation of a treasured coral reef nourishes fish populations and a growing ecotourism industry. Cabo Pulmo is only 60 miles north of the Baja Peninsula's main tourism center, Los Cabos, but it feels worlds apart.