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Government proposes four new protected natural areas for Quintana Roo

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Quintana Roo may have four new protected natural areas within the category of Flora and Fauna Protection Areas. The newly proposed areas represents a great benefit for the conservation of the ecosystem of the state, reported Governor Mara Lezama.

Huguette Hernández Gómez, Secretary of Ecology and Environment (Sema), says the proposed protected areas will be for the care and protection of the environment.

The State Government through Sema and the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Natural Areas (Ibanqroo), recognize and support the proposals of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas for the establishment of these natural areas in Quintana Roo.

The proposed areas include San Buenaventura, the Jacinto Pat Reserve and Playa Delfines, in Benito Juárez and the Cenote Aerolito in Isla Mujeres.

On July 4 and 5, notices were posted informing the general public that the studies carried out by the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas to justify the issuance of the Decrees were published in the Official Gazette of the Federation.

“It is necessary to protect the mangrove and wetland areas, the important remnants of lowland vegetation, palm groves, coastal scrub and dunes, as well as the habitat of our biodiversity,” said Javier Alberto Carballar Osorio, the General Director of Ibanqroo.

These protected natural areas are currently only proposals and have not yet been decreed since they are in the process of public consultation, which began July 6. If successful, these areas could become Natural Protected Areas before the end of the year.