Wildlands

Spanning the Baja California Peninsula are millions of acres of protected areas that include open ocean, rugged islands, mangrove lagoons and pristine beaches.

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Mining concessions, unforeseen developments and the burgeoning risks of climate change pose serious threats to the wildlife, ecosystem services and economic livelihoods that the Baja California Peninsula’s wildlands and offshore islands provide.

WILDCOAST is working with local fishing communities, ranchers, researches and Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) to ensure additional layers of conservation protection. Utilizing a combination of direct land purchases, federal zone conservation concessions and improved protected area management we continue to conserve and protect some of the world’s most important desert coastlines.

PROTECT

Our programs ensure the protection of some of the last undeveloped desert coastline and rugged offshore islands on the Baja California Peninsula. We are protecting more than 9.2 million acres of Wildlands and islands on the Baja California Peninsula through private land conservation, protected area management and federal zone conservation concessions.

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PARTNER

We work with Mexico's National Commission for Natural Protected Areas, fishermen, ranchers, and local communities in El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Ensenada, Islands of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve and Valle de los Cirios Wildlife Refuge.

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Where We Work

Our programs ensure the protection of some of the last undeveloped desert coastline and islands left on the Baja California Peninsula.

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OUR IMPACT

50,795

acres of coastline protected on the Valle de los Cirios Pacific Coast though purchases, easements, and management

6.3

million acre Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve management is being updated

356

miles of coastline in the Valle de los Cirios, Vizcaino Peninsula and Bahia de los Angeles protected through federal zone concessions

2,000

students educated on the global significance of the Baja California Peninsula’s wildlands and islands

2.9

million acres protected in the Pacific Island Biosphere Reserve

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MORE OF OUR WORK

CORAL REEFS

Coral reefs play an important role in sustaining our oceans and global economies. WILDCOAST is working to conserve coral reefs throughout Mexico and Cuba by promoting reef stewardship and education.
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WHALES

The gray whale winters and breeds in Baja California Sur’s warm, pristine lagoons—an area once threatened by industrial and tourism development today faces climate change pressures. Together with the Mexican government, local communities and conservation groups, WILDCOAST is protecting this essential breeding lagoons.
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CLIMATE CHANGE

As global temperatures rise, sea levels are climbing. In partnership with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas, WILDCOAST is helping conserve thousands of acres of carbon-storing mangroves in northwest Mexico.
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SEA TURTLES

Sea turtles are key to healthy oceans but now face extinction. WILDCOAST is conserving sea turtles by protecting nesting beaches, addressing poaching and support local communities in sustainable practices.
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MANGROVES

Mangroves are among the world’s greatest carbon sequestering plants, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it within their rich soils.
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COASTAL WETLANDS

In 1971 the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was signed as an international treaty for worldwide wetland conservation. Wetlands are recognized for their ecological importance on a global scale, acting as buffers for coastal communities and providing important habitat for thousands of species.
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OCEANS

From the rugged coast of Northern California to the vibrant shores of Oaxaca and across borders, the oceans connect us all. Our programs establish new marine protected areas, deter poachers and build conservation capacity in local communities.
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