Cozumel, Q.R. – UNESCO has included the island of Cozumel in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Undersecretary of Sustainable Development, Federico Ruiz Piña, presented the project, “The city of Cozumel and Biosphere Reserve Cozumel Island.”
Cozumel mayor Fredy Marrufo Martín, explained that to achieve such a distinction as being registered with the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, municipal governments, along with various other multidisciplinary teams, worked for two years in the analysis, delimitation, legal scope, zoning and features of the island.
The specialized multidisciplinary teams were formed by the Ministry of Environment of the state (Sema), the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and included the UNESCO representation of Mexico.
Marrufo Martín said that at all times Cozumel had the support and assistance of the state government and the director and representative of UNESCO Mexico, Nuria Sanz Gallego, to ensure the work was completed and recognized.
In Quintana Roo there are two Biosphere Reserves, the Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro.
State governor Roberto Borge Angulo expressed his pride at the work being done in the environmental field and the fact that it is paying off.
“In Quintana Roo there are, as of today, 26 protected natural areas of public character, of which 82 percent is under federal custody and 28 percent under guard of the state.”
The UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) covers internationally designated protected areas, each known as biosphere reserves, which are meant to demonstrate a balanced relationship between people by encouraging sustainable development.
As of 2015, total membership had reached 651 biosphere reserves including 15 transboundary sites in 120 countries occurring in all regions of the world.