Latest additions to Mexico’s Protected Natural Areas
Alejandro del Mazo Maza, head of Mexico’s Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Áreas Naturales Protegidas), says that the formal decrees for seven additional PNAs (Protected Natural Areas) will be published shortly. In some cases, the decrees apply to areas whose status as protected areas was first announced months or even years ago.
The seven new additions are in the north and northwest regions of the country:
- the Marismas Nacionales biosphere reserve in Sonora
- Monte Mojino (protected area of flora and fauna), Sonora
- the Sierra de Tamaulipas biosphere reserve
- the Playa Boca de Apiza sanctuary in Colima
- the Islas del Pacífico of Baja California reserve
- the Semiarid Desert reserve of Zacatecas
- the Sierras la Giganta y Guadalupe reserve in Baja California Sur
Mexico currently has 177 PNAs (in various categories), and the new additions bring that total to 184.
In addition, preparatory studies are underway to establish two additional biosphere reserves, for the Mexican Caribbean and the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortés).
The Commission of PNAs is working hard to complete formal management plans for every PNA – environmental, social and economic issues. At present, only 97 of the 177 PNAs have such plans in place, with the latest plans published only weeks ago for:
- The whale shark reserve Quintana Roo and Isla Contoy in Quintana Roo
- The Laguna Madre and Río Bravo delta in Tamaulipas [temporary home each winter for 15% of all the birds migrating south from Canada and the U.S.]
- Pico de Orizaba National Park in Veracruz
For example, the management program for the whale shark reserve authorizes a maximum of 160 whale-watching boats in an effort to ensure sustainability.
Source of Map:
Sonia Gallina, 2012. “Is Sustainablity Possible in Protected Areas in Mexico? Deer as an Example of a Renewable Resource.” Sustainability 2012, 4 (10), 2366-2376
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