Tulum, Q.R. – A joint environmental project has helped restore 400 hectares of Tulum mangroves.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an was designated a Protected Natural Area. During those years, the region made a significant effort to rebuild and improve the mangroves and reefs.
Omar Ortiz Angel Moreno, director of the area, explained that the richness of the plant and animal species of the national Biosphere of Sian Ka’an is due to the reconstructive efforts of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) working in conjunction with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) and the World Bank. Together they restored 400 hectares of mangroves.
CONAP has also been working with the Global Environment Facility who has helped with the cost of the $4 million restoration project.
He added that the World Bank is also working on another project that aims to reverse the consequences of climate change that are reflected in the damage to local mangroves and reefs.
Angel Moreno explained that the goal is to have a strong ecosystem in both the mangroves as well as the reefs so that residents of Punta Allen, Maria Elena and Punta Herrero in the municipalities of Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto can continue to benefit from fisheries, tourism and the other economic activities taking place there.
He recalled that the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an Natural Area is the largest in the Mexican Caribbean and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The protected area consists of more than 520 hectares of mangroves with three core areas – Muyil, Cayo Culebras and Uaymil – that is restricted for scientific research only.