Conserving the Monarch Butterfly and Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2010

This project provided support for the implementation of the North American Monarch Conservation Plan, by focusing on the use of market forces to promote conservation of over-wintering and flyway habitat.

The CEC sponsored three community projects drawn from the 2009 analysis of existing projects and initiatives within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR). The leaders of these projects attended a community capacity-building workshop, where they developed a plan of action to identify sustainable economic approaches to support conservation efforts and improve biodiversity conservation. This effort fostered activities aimed at reducing pressure on key monarch habitat, particularly in over-wintering areas, offering improved livelihoods in the local communities.