MEXICO CITY – Mexico, ranked as one of the top five countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO).
The CONABIO, which focuses on research and conservation, was created under an agreement reached by the federal government ahead of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of an effort to improve the understanding and management of Mexico’s natural resources.
The commission marked its 25th anniversary during a ceremony at the National Auditorium on Wednesday recognizing the members of the public, business community, government and institutions that have contributed to protecting Mexico’s natural wonders.
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Rafael Pacchiano, former Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Julia Carabias and CONABIO director Jose Sarukhan participated in the event.
A total of more than 930 million pesos ($49.9 million) was spent on 2,500 projects approved by the commission in recent years, despite the budget cuts implemented by the government, Sarukhan said.