Pro Esteros was formed in 1988 as a bi-national grassroots organization; founded by a group of scientists from Mexico and the U.S. to protect Baja California coastal wetlands. Today, they are an Asociación Civil in Mexico. As part of their mission, Pro Esteros studies coastal wetlands, for educational, scientific and conservational purposes. With 16 years of continuous work, Pro Esteros is the oldest established environmental organizations in Baja California. They have been working very closely with communities, government agencies, and stakeholders to reach their goals, and implement their environmental education programs, scientific research projects, conservation of natural resources and community capacity building programs.