Riviera Nayarit is an example of communitarian organization that –either for natural preservation, cultural diffusion or development or craftsmen- contributes to the sustainability of the zone.
One of the most important initiatives, for its environmental transcendence, is the Marine Turtles Protection and Preservation Program, which includes activities to release young turtles recently hatched from the egg and help them to reach the sea, as well as the safekeeping of adult turtles and their eggs after the spawning in Bahía de Banderas, all of this between June and October.
Thanks to programs like this one, from the Sociedad Ecológica de Occidente, it is achieved that 96% of the eggs manage to become small turtles.
Other initiatives, such as the cleaning of Bahía de Banderas and its beaches, are organized by the community at least twice a year.
Besides of taking care of the environment, in places such as San Francisco there are civil associations working for social, ecological and cultural causes. Families that have been devoted to craftsmanship of wood, hand-made webbing, and others are supported through these associations, seeking that their production is sustainable.
They work together in this place, and even a collective was formed called San Pancho, a group of artists and civil organizers collaborating in presentations, exhibits and festivals, besides teaching workshops where the community and visitors of the Riviera participate.
Other associations collaborating with the community are Alianza Jaguar and Centro Comunitario Educativo Entre Amigos.