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Mangrove reforestation budget increased for this year

Cancun, Q.R. —  Resources for the Environmental Compensation Fund (Conafor) will be increased this year for the state of Quintana Roo. The fund, which is used for the restoration of mangrove vegetation, will be increased to 59 million peso for the 2017 year. This figure is up 6 million peso from 2016.

Rafael Leon Negrete, manager of Conafor, explained that restoration of mangroves is manned by the National Forest Commission. He says that mangroves require restoration from damage due to change of land use for investors as well as for housing projects and tourism development.

“On average, we generate over 50 million pesos of environmental compensation each year and Quintana Roo is one of the ones that contributes the most to the payment of these changes in the use of soil before the permits issued by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, who receives the payment and then is returned through the fund.”

The resources are for the reforestation of the mangroves, to support the farmers and to reforest the agricultural zones, which brings good results, he added.

“There are still contributions for the change in land use they request ranging from tourism developments, housing, road construction and even the Federal Electricity commissions contributes,” he said.

Quintana Roo started with a mangrove support project in Cozumel, being pioneers in promoting reforestation and has now taken over in other entities such as Campeche, Nayarit, Baja California, Guerrero and Veracruz.

Leon Negret said, “We have a successful case of a good execution of resources that are given as part of environmental compensation and that is positive.”

He also noted that although Conafor does not know the number of permits Semarnat grants to interested parties, he does know that the amount of permits increase every year which in turn, increases the restoration budget.

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