Preserving Puerto Morelos’ wetlands
Puerto Morelos is seeking to turn into a Protected National Area
Puerto Morelos is a friendly and relaxing place located only 35 km from Cancun and 32 km away from Playa del Carmen. It’s considered to be the gate to the Riviera Maya. It has a laidback and low key ambiance, with a touch of magic and charm of its own. It is a town surrounded by mangroves, where you’ll be able to admire a great diversity of marine life, due to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System – the second largest coral reef in the world –. Here, you will find a great variety of colorful fish, dolphins, and sea turtles, to mention a few.
As we mentioned before, Puerto Morelos keeps a low profile, reason why it has been able to preserve some of its natural features; nevertheless, the National Bureau for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity has taken up the task to present to the municipal authorities, a study where they are requesting for the protection of the natural resources of this beautiful destination.
The areas in urgent need for protection for their preservation are wetlands –areas where water is the main element for plant and animal life–; where water is the main factor for the survival of flora and fauna. These natural systems are among the most productive in the world, since they are areas of biodiversity, of which many species depend on to persist. They promote the existence of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, which is why biologist Berenice Vazquez says that this request is made to safeguard this natural environment due to its proximity to Puerto Morelos Reef National Park.
It is critical for the town and the state of Quintana Roo to preserve natural resources. This request is leading toward the necessary protection for its conservation; with the purpose –in the long haul–, to turn Puerto Morelos into a National Protected Area. For this main objective, the help of everyone is needed, including team work with citizens, loca authorities and tourists.
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