Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP

In a 34-year effort, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP has united the 638 communities of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in the State of Querétaro to promote their economic and social development alongside an intact and thriving ecosystem. A leader in community-based climate change mitigation and adaptation, the organization has driven the establishment of a state-funded carbon footprint mechanism, incentivizing landowners for climate-friendly land use including regenerative agriculture. The group is restoring 40,000 hectares of degraded ecosystems. A network of social enterprises and environmental education complements an integrated approach to foment local community ownership.

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2021

Year of establishment: 1987

Location: Jalpan de Serra, Mexico

Ecosystem: Agricultural


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Related resources

Equator Prize 2021


Latin America and the Caribbean


Adaptation to Climate Change



Contact Information

Martha Isabel Ruiz
General Manager


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