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Reef system undergoes strategy to prevent further tourism damage

Cancun, Q.R. — A work plan for reef care in the Cancun-Riviera Maya region is underway as an international organization says it’s necessary to prevent further damage due to tourism.

The Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative (Marti) will initiate a work plan to prevent further reef damage by the tourism industry. Sara Connor, General director of Marti, explains that to do this, a five-year strategy will be required which will encompass not only Quintana Roo, but extend to four countries reaching as far as Honduras.

Marti is an organization that for the past ten years, has worked primarily in Riviera Maya. The new plan is to work along the entire coast since the negative impacts of tourism extends to the four countries.

“The programs are only now being set up with an aim to improve tourism practices so that they do not have an impact on the reef. That is the reason to implement new programs, to reduce the impacts on land by tourism,” she said.

There are many problems that should be reduced, but things have been improving since in the Riviera Maya hotels have been awarded for their good practices with certifications such as Earthcheck.

Over the past 10 years, Marti has been involved with 130 lodging centers, publishing water treatment guides and better construction plans for the hotel sector.

According to The Nature Conservancy, for every kilometer of coral 90 percent is in poor condition, with one of the main affected areas being Puerto Morelos.