MEXICO CITY – Mexico has more than tripled its protected lands during the past five years via the creation of six new protected areas, the government said Monday.
In a statement, the National Commission on Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) said that the country’s protected lands totaled some 26.5 million hectares (102,317 sq. mi.) in 2013 but have been increased to 91 million hectares this year, bringing the country out of what it termed a “historic backlog.”
Today, Mexico has a total of 182 federal protected areas, while the Archipielago de Revillagigedo reserve has become a national park.
This was transformed into the largest protected marine zone in North America, where all extractive activity, human settlements and the construction of any infrastructure is prohibited in an area covering 14.8 million hectares that is the habitat for 983 species, 88 of them endemic.
Conanp also said that, via the subsidized programs to foster the development of the communities located inside protected areas, more than 14,000 projects have been undertaken that have benefitted more than 200,000 people.