The Challenge:

We are working with local partners to protect and strengthen Puerto Rico’s natural environment, supporting green infrastructure initiatives and promote long-term environmental sustainability. 

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
We are working with local partners to protect and strengthen Puerto Rico’s natural environment, supporting green infrastructure initiatives and promote long-term environmental sustainability. 

Who are we helping?

Protectores de Cuencas (Yauco, Guanica and Culebra) 

  • Protectores de Cuencas¾with support from Hispanic Federation¾is reforesting 20,000 native trees in three municipalities.

  • This work will not only beautify the island, but also help protect its beaches and oceans. 

  •  Protectores has already rescued 60,000 trees, and its efforts to reforest tens of thousands more will help replant vegetation that acts as a natural barrier to run-off water that¾if unobstructed or unabsorbed¾can worsen beach erosion and pollution. 


Conservación ConCiencia (Naguabo) 

  • Conservación ConCiencia aims to implement effective, science-based conservation actions that move our societies towards sustainability.

  • With Hispanic Federation funds, Conservación ConCiencia will support the needs of the artisanal commercial fishermen of the Municipality of Naguabo by transitioning their physical infrastructure and fishing practices to environmentally sustainable and resilient models, encouraging entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency, and environmental conservation. 

  • Through this initiative, fisherman will transition from coral reefs to deeper water fishing of healthier pelagic species that are also economically viable.

  • This transition will create economic and environmental resilience for fishermen and remove pressure from at-risk species, like.

  • They will also modernize the facilities of the fishing village with a renewable wind and solar energy system and restore the surrounding mangroves to increase green infrastructure and protect against future storm surges.   


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Para La Naturaleza (Island-wide) 

  •  Hurricane Maria uprooted countless trees that are critical for agriculture and a viable ecosystem. 

  • With Hispanic Federation funding, Para la Naturaleza aims to advance their overall reforestation goals, including plans to plant 100,000 trees and create one hundred jobs in reforestation and conservation. 


Sociedad Ambiente Marino (Culebra) 

  • Hurricane Maria damaged the coral reefs around the island municipality of Culebra, setting back years of meticulous work. 

  • With funding from Hispanic Federation, Sociedad Ambiente Marino will rehabilitate, reconstruct and replenish previously existing coral farms on the island. 

  • As the Sociedad builds up these reefs, they will once again become barriers against waves and hurricanes, serving as a protective layer around Culebra. 

  • The reefs are also an important tourist attraction that helps drive the local economy.


Caras con Causa (Guaynabo and Cataño) 

  • Hurricane Maria badly damaged the wetland nature preserve and caused massive flooding in the historically marginalized communities of Cataño.

  • With a grant from Hispanic Federation, Caras con Causa is helping to restore the preserve by repairing badly-damaged pathways and reforest thousands of native seedlings, in an effort to rehabilitate this vital environmental resource.

  • Caras con Causa will also build a community science lab, where youth scientists will experience hands-on training to study their local wetlands. Currently, none of the local public schools have laboratory facilities.

  • Caras con Causa’s goal is to develop community power and create jobs for youth through local organizing and eco-tourism.

  • Caras con Causa is also a Big Ideas Challenge Finalist. 


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Salvemos Playa Flamenco (Culebra) 

  • In partnerships with Foundation for a Better Puerto Rico, Para la Naturaleza and others launched a project to restore Flamenco Beach, which is essential for Culebra to once again be a destination that both residents and tourists from around the world will want to visit. 

  • The project goals include reforestation and rebuilding of the green infrastructure and facilities of Flamenco Beach. Once the project is complete, the Municipality of Culebra and ACDEC commit to maintaining the facilities and infrastructure for the next 20 years. They also commit to maintaining the Blue Flag designation for the beach.