WiLDCOAST - YEAR 2016
ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC BIOSPHERE RESERVE
A brand new 2.7 million-acre wildlife reserve offshore from Baja’s Pacific coast, that WILDCOAST advocated for over the past five years was established by the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto the first weeK of December in Cancún'S Unated Nations Biodiversity Conpherence COP 13.
The new reserve overing a broad area that includes the Coronado Islands near the U.S. border and Todos Santos Island, site of a famed surfing spot off the coast of Ensenada.
The Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve covers more than 2.7 million acres, an area that includes 21 islands and 97 islets and the surrounding marine areas that serve as a habitat for marine mammals and seabirds, as well as commercially important fish and shellfish.
Biosphere reserves promote sustainable growth and protect ecosystems through the establishment of strongly protected core zones, together with as buffer zones and transition zones.
The Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve complements protections already in place off the California coast. “Now we have a chain of island conservation that extends from the U.S. all the way to Mexico,” Serge Dedina, WILDCOAST Executive Director said.