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December 05, 2017

WILDCOAST Helps Commemorate 100 Years of Conservation in Mexico

Fay Crevoshay
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Mexican Secretary of the Environment, Rafael Pacchiano Aleman, the Commissioner of Natural Protected Areas, Alejandro Del Mazo, and Luis Fueyo, Director of Natural Resources of México City, at the Photographic Exhibit organized by WILDCOAST and CONANP

As part of the celebration of 100 years of conservation in Mexico, WILDCOAST and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) organized a photo exhibition "Mexico, world leader in the fight against climate change from Natural Protected Areas", at El Desierto de los Leones, the site of the country’s first protected area. Officials and residents from across Mexico attended, including  the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Rafael Pacchiano Alemán, the National Commissioner of Natural Protected Areas, Alejandro Del Mazo M.,  and the Director of Natural Resources of Mexico City, Luis Fueyo Mac Donald.

 The exhibition, which featured photographs of Mexico’s important mangrove and coral reef ecosystems, looked to the future of conservation in Mexico and highlighted WILDCOAST’s efforts in conserving these important coastal and marine ecosystems.

 Mexico ranks fourth in the world, with 5.1% of the planet’s mangroves. These ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems  have the ability to capture more carbon dioxide than any other ecosystem on the planet, by absorbing and storing the greenhouse gas in their muddy soils, and preventing it from being released into the atmosphere. It is estimated that for every 2.5 acres of mangrove forest,  40 tons of atmospheric carbon (MgCO2) are sequestered (this is equivalent to 400,000 aircraft carriers!). However, the coastal desert mangroves of the Baja California Peninsula that WILDCOAST and Mexico’s Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) are working to protect through conservation concessions have shown yields of 180 tons of MgCO2 sequestered for every 2.5 acres of forest - this is 4.5 times more atmospheric carbon than mangrove forests elsewhere. By protecting these forests from being destroyed we are essentially preventing millions of tons of harmful atmospheric carbon from being released into the atmosphere.  

WILDCOAST is working with CONANP on a two-prong approach to protecting Mexico’s mangrove forests. By securing conservation concessions to protect the mangrove forests from being destroyed and thus, eliminating the emission of carbon dioxide, and by activating the voluntary carbon market, which can help further finance these forests’ conservation - Mexico is on the cusp of becoming a world leader in the fight against climate change.