Cancun, Q.R. – State governor, Roberto Borge Angulo , has announced plans to restore 700,000 hectares of forest in Quintana Roo. The announcement was made at the recent Conference of Parties (COP), which is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was held in Paris.
Over the next 15 years, the governor has pledged to generate policies aimed at restoring local forest in the state. Roberto Borge explained that the commitment comes from COP16, which was held in Cancun back in 2010 as well as this year’s conference held in Paris, in which they agree to work to confront climate change.
“The preservation and recovery of our natural environment is a top priority in my administration because the environment dictates the future of this great state. At stake is also the future of our children, our natural resources and vigorous tourism, so we are working very carefully on this delicate issue.”
The proposed actions are part of the Green axis of Quintana Roo Plan 2011-2016 to strengthen regional commitments to restore the Mayan jungle in the context with commitments from COP.
“The commitment is to recover degraded lands, so first of all, efforts are being made in various international meetings and counseling with European governments to finalize the appropriate support,” he said.
Rafael Muñoz Berzunza, secretary of Ecology and Environment (SEMA), said that strengthening the biodiversity of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor with restoration of the landscape with the fortification of endemic species will provide better distribution and tree diversity and reduce degradation.
“The forest area of Quintana Roo is 18,000 square kilometers or 3.7 million hectares, which needs greater care and monitoring of our natural resources. These are actions that have been made since the start of the current administration, which has been to strengthen the green axis with the recovery of large forest areas.”
Quintana Roo is one of Mexico’s most biodiverse states. Ninety percent of its territory consists of low-stature forests and it is home to over 1,000 species of flora, more than 360 species of birds, 105 mammal species and 83 species of amphibians and reptiles. There are 13 wetlands in Quintana Roo internationally recognized by the Ramsar Convention. The state’s Ramsar sites cover an area of more than 1.1 million hectares.
The Mexican government preserves valuable land and marine ecosystems in more than a third of the state’s territory (1,574,965 hectares) by means of the Protected Natural Areas Program. Quintana Roo is among the first states in the management and conservation of natural resources.