Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – More than 400 people have taken part in the reforestation of local beaches in the municipality of Solidaridad.
Through the direction of Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT), hundreds of volunteers took to the local beach areas to replant lost vegetation. As part of the government’s Sustainable Development Municipal Development Plan 2016-2018 to conserve the coastlines, people from the private sector as well as education sectors and trade unions participated in the planting of 912 plants of varying tropical species.
Nine beaches in Solidaridad had their sand dunes refreshed with numerous varieties of local fauna and flora that will eventually help prevent beach erosion.
Hugo Uribe Nicolás. Zofemat director, said that the vegetation in the sand dunes is a natural system to retaining the sand on the beaches when elements such as strong winds, tropical storms or hurricanes hit the region.
“With the joint work between society and government, we were able to strengthen the ability of preserving our natural resources, strengthening ties of attachment and sense of belonging. Thus”, he says, “creating greater awareness and raising the environmental, ecological and therefore economic value.”
Beaches that benefited from the reforestation program included Punta Esmeralda, Xcalacoco, Playa 88, 6 North Street, Playa Caribe, Playacar accesses of Foca de Acantilado, Isla de The Alto, Xamán-Ha and Cunaro de Piedra.
“In this way we work to avoid erosion, the main factor that destroys buildings on sandy coasts. So it is necessary to have an adequate knowledge of human processes and hydrometeorological phenomena that impact dune systems,” Uribe Nicolás explained.
Last year, the same program attracted 300 volunteers who placed 630 plants along four Solidaridad beaches.