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New proposal to recover Puerto Morelos wetlands

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. – A project has been proposed to the secretary of Environment and Natural Resources that would see the rehabilitation of lagoon flow and mangrove recovery of Puerto Morelos.

The project was presented to the secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, by Puerto Morelos mayor Laura Fernández Piña who explained that this alliance of work with the Federal Government would modernize access roads to the coastal area, according to the hydrological processes of the wetland, which will help strengthen the municipality as a sustainable site in the Mexican Caribbean.

“There are three roads that lead to the coastal area known as Petempich, Crococún and the main access through the avenue José María Morelos,” said Laura Fernandez.

She added that when these access roads were constructed, the ecosystem was divided and the natural hydrological processes were affected. The proposal project consists of creating several bridges that would allow restoration of that lagoon flow, respecting the existing environmental norms.

“The project will comply with the legal framework of coastal wetlands with the presence of mangroves including the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of the Environment of the State of Quintana Roo and the General Wildlife Law and Mexican Official Standards for wetland protection. It will provide an effective solution to ecosystem restoration and prevent future flooding when there is atypical rainfall,” she added.

Rafael Pacchiano Alamán expressed his interest in providing all the support and environmental advice required to implement the program of restoration. He also offered to promote the recovery of the mangrove through reforestation with resources from the National Forestry Commission (Conafor), which is an institution segmented to Semarnat. This would be implemented in coordination with the General Department of Ecology of the Municipality of Puerto Morelos.

Director of Ecology, Guadalupe Alcántara Mas, explained, “These works will allow the conservation of the wetland known as Golden Mile and the coral reef of the protected natural area of Arrecife National Park of Puerto Morelos taking into account the close relationship that exists between these two coastal ecosystems.

“It is also extremely important to implement the project because wetlands are a critical environment for the reef, to provide productivity and shelter, reproduction and / or breeding sites for reef species,” she said adding, “The wetland provides freshwater inputs to the reef, either through seasonal storm mouths that open in times of intense rainfall, or by infiltration of freshwater by the sandy barrier.”