Delphinus Earns Federal Environmental CertificationBy Fernanda Duque Hernández
The first company of Quintana Roo certified by SEMARNAT.
After successfully completing all corresponding evaluations, the Education and Training for Sustainable Development Center of Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) finally granted Delphinus Riviera Maya its recognition as a Committed Space for Education. This distinction has only been granted to 300 companies in Mexico so far.
With this award, Delphinus becomes the first company in the state of Quintana Roo to fulfill all requisites stated by SEMARNAT, which are based on international regulations and granted by experts on sustainability.
Each year, more than 277,000 people visit Delphinus’ dolphinariums. From that number, 1,200 are public and private elementary school students who participate in a Visiting Teaching Program. Children who embark on this educational tour learn about the environment and how to take care of it by learning about the impact of littering, the introduction of non-native species, over-fishing and climate change.
A special event was organized to acknowledge this important effort. Among those attending were biologist Teresa Jimenez, Coordinator of SEMARNAT’s Environmental Education Department; Teresita Maldonado, Coordinator of Certification Process and Luis Roberto Sanchez, Coordinator of the Office for the Support of Basic Education Programs of the Quintana Roo State Ministry of Education and Culture.
After some words from the SEMARNAT authorities, the general director of Delphinus, Rodrigo Constandse Cordova expressed his gratitude and acknowledged the efforts of the park veterinarians, biologists and all the people that worked hard every day to make this certification possible. He also highlighted his company’s commitment to foster a more environmentally responsible society.
Constandse added that Delphinus had just obtained the first of three SEMARNAT certifications and that his new objective will be to obtain the Center for Environmental Education and Culture distinction; to then move on to become a Certified Center for Environmental Education.
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