Cozumel, Q.R. – The health of Laguna Colombia on the island of Cozumel has been restored after nearly three years of work.
Arturo Saldivar Jimenez of Restoration and Conservation of Mangroves for State Ecological Park Laguna Colombia said that the work was financed by National Forestry Commission (Conafor). He explained that the work included maintaining the laguna and restoring the water flow at a cost of nearly 21 million peso.
After three years of work that included reforestation and modification to improve the soils, the ecosystem of the laguna has been fully restored. Saldivar Jimenez explained that the health of this particular laguna is vital because it is linked directly to the tropical ecosystem.
The project was initiated due to a high saline reading of the laguna’s water. A normal saline reading ranges from 36 to 70 points, however, Laguna Colombia had a recorded reading of 110, displaying signs of poor mangrove health.
Quintana Roo Conafor manager, Rafael Leon Negret, said that there is no other program in the country like it.