UNESCO has just added the Monarch Reserve in Mexico to its list of World Heritage sites!
“8 July – The World Heritage Committee, meeting for its 32nd session, finished inscribing new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 8 July with the addition of 19 cultural sites and eight natural sites to the List…
So, what does this mean? From the UNESCO site:
“World Heritage designation, in the case of most protected areas, increases the associated funding potential of the site. Although this is not an official eligibility criteria for Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funds, the designation does increase the chances of securing GEF resources ” – Gonzalo Castro, Biodiversity Team Leader, The GEF Secretariat.
Hopefully this will help purchase adjoining areas to the reserve, to enlarge the area for monarchs to hibernate. Yay!
BTW, you can adopt a classroom in the region of the reserve via Monarch Watch; it provides school supplies for needy kids and under-funded teachers.
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Fabulous image of the reserve from StevenMiller