Organization Mission: What problem is your organization committed to solving? In particular, describe what is innovative about your approach.
Our mission is to protect and conserve our natural and cultural environment by empowering civil society and government to jointly create healthy and prosperous communities. We believe that properly planned development is beneficial, we do this by assembling a broad coalition of citizens & organizations. So we can influence the implementation of sustainable processes that will provide protection to our natural treasure, and at the same time a source of social and economical development.
Impact: What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Since our foundation we have done great impact in the public awareness of the importance & value of our terrestrial, coastal & marine living eco-systems. We have been educating our community to better understand the interaction of Economical Progress & Natural Environment. We have also demonstrated leadership in assisting Loreto’s decision-makers in adopting reasonable growth policies. At the end of 2012, made possible with the help of a generous gift, we acquire our permanent headquarters, known as the “Community Center for the Environment” it has been providing a unique venue for the entire Loreto community and become a valued asset to the public. Allowing us to expand our program capability, visibility and service to the Community.
Impact: What is your projected impact after receiving consulting support from American Express?
Our organization will be better prepared to the affront the financial aspect of our growing efforts, by applying efficient business methods we can develop a self sustain project for a long term success. We will be able to design or adapt a effective marketing strategy that will help us get our message clearly to our broad community.
Sustainability: Do you currently have the financial and human resources to implement new strategies or recommendations offered through this partnership, or would implementation be dependent on receiving additional funding? Please describe.
We do currently have financial and human resources to implement the new strategies and recommendations, we are also in the process of approval for additional funding trough several National and International foundations. We just recently are embarked on a collaborative effort to establish a “Sister Park” program to advance eco-tourism and job opportunity in the region. To support this endeavor, we have partnered with the local Marine National Park and other several international Organizations.