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Cancun joins forces with Yucatan research center for cleaner cenotes

Cancun, Q.R. — The Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) and the Benito Juárez City Council will work hand-in-hand in the analysis of water quality and conservation of urban cenotes in Cancun.

Cancun mayor Ana Patricia Peralta has signed a collaboration agreement on education, research promotion, scientific dissemination, and institutional strengthening with the CICY.

The agreement will allow the city to reinforce the actions of prevention and conservation of the bodies of water located within the urban zone of the municipality.

Together with the general director of Ecology, Tania Fernández Moreno, and the director of the CICY’s Water Sciences Unit, Antonio Almazán Becerril, the mayor formally renewed the coordinated work between the municipal government and the institution in which it contemplates the reinforcement of the Monitoring Program of the state of condition in urban cenotes in the Municipality of Benito Juárez, adding 12 studies and samplings that will be carried on the water quality of the bodies of water in the city.

Ana Patricia Peralta thanked the CICY for contributing the reports that allow them to know the state of the cenotes and apply effective programs and actions to guarantee the conservation of the ecosystems, as well as raise awareness among the population about their care.

Fernández Moreno explained that since 2021, they have worked with the Yucatán Scientific Research Center to study the water in 12 cenotes, for which another 12 bodies of water would be added, contemplating 24 of these structures with sampling, as well as in the Nichupté lagoon system and the Manatí and Chacmuchuc lagoons.