4 New Natural Protected Areas Triple Conservation Area
The seas and islands off the coasts of the Baja Californias, the mystery of the Caribbean coral reef, the enigmatic Pacific marine life and the rough desert in Tamaulipas have been added to the natural places in Mexico that are treasured and protected. We’re talking about the new natural protected areas in the country. Are you familiar with them?
What Are Protected Natural Areas?
They are land or marine extensions that need to be kept in good condition to protect their biodiversity and natural processes. They can be national parks, natural monuments, protected landscapes or protection sites for specific species.
Mexico’s Natural Areas
Fourteen percent of national territory is protected natural area, and the country is about to fulfill the commitment stipulated in the objectives from Aichi, where it announced that by 2020, 17percent of its territory would be protected.
With the designation of the four new natural protected areas, Mexico’s natural protected zone triples.
The new protected areas total over 160 million acres, and with the previous ones, the figure goes up to nearly 225 million acres: 173 million marine and 52 million land.
What Are the New Protected Areas in Mexico?
1. Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve. Most of the maritime surface off the coast of Quintana Roo, where the largest Mesoamerican coral reef system will be protected.
2. The Sierra de Tamaulipas Biosphere Reserve. About 825,000 acres, in a region with low oak woodlands and pine-oakin the higher parts; mesophyll forest canyons, and low rainforest communities.
3. Deep Mexican Pacific. A maritime strip deeper than 2,600 feet, from Chiapas to Nayarit, and the area around the Revillagigedo Archipelago with over 143 million acres.
4. The Gulf of California Pacific Islands and adjacent waters on the western coast of the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, covering three million acres.
With these new designations, Mexico reaches 181 natural protected areas.
Also, mangroves and the Lacandón rainforest were designated “safeguard” zones.
All these designations were made within the framework of COP13, being held in Cancún, Quintana Roo.