April 6, 2024
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El Jaguar Park in Tulum will be the second largest reserve

The Jaguar Park project in Tulum is a project that will strengthen the area’s ecological and territorial planning, according to the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu). In total, the reserve will cover an area of almost 1,000 hectares, making it the second largest in the state, after Sian Ka’an, which occupies 528,147 hectares belonging to the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Tulum.

Accompanying President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday in Cancun during the announcement of the Works Program for the Strengthening of Cancun and Tulum, the head of Sedatu, Román Meyer Falcón, said that this project will promote territorial planning while taking care of the natural and cultural wealth of the Mayan Riviera and will be carried out with the support of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

“The aim is to stop excessive urban growth, particularly in the city of Tulum and other neighboring areas, and to preserve the environment. Sedatu and Semarnat are collaborating to turn the park into a space for healthy coexistence with the environment and an international benchmark for the conservation of ecological heritage,” said the official.

Meyer Falcón explained that the new park includes the restoration of degraded areas, the development of productive activities such as beekeeping for the care of the ecosystem, strategies for the conservation of flora and fauna with emphasis on endemic species such as the jaguar that promote their protection and reproduction, as well as delimiting the area to avoid future invasions.

El Jaguar Park in Tulum will be the second largest reserve

The project also contemplates wildlife crossings so that the species can circulate freely, the arrangement of the different accesses, and the development of environmental guidelines for its operation, such as architecture with bioclimatic principles, rational use of water and energy resources.

As part of this project, the delimitation of a new natural protected area is being explored, which could be considered a biosphere reserve of more than 250,000 hectares for the preservation of the jaguar and other living species of the region.

El Jaguar Park in Tulum will be the second largest reserve

On Sunday, in a video message recorded from Tulum, President López Obrador detailed that the Jaguar Park will include land belonging to the Secretary of the Navy: “this used to function as a Navy runway and there are other lands belonging to the state government, Governor Carlos Joaquín has donated them and they are integrated in a first stage of one thousand hectares that will reach the archaeological zone of Tulum, the coast, that beautiful Mayan port that is here in Tulum”.

“In particular we are going to contain the expansion of the urban sprawl, no more than 500, 600 meters away is the city of Tulum and what we are going to seek is to conserve, erect different types of fences that we are going to build behind this large piece of land to preserve the environment, have a single front access to what corresponds to the Mayan Train station,” said Meyer Falcón.

In this regard, Governor Carlos Joaquín said that the space will serve to attract more visitors and maintain the real sense of what Tulum represents: “it will be fundamental that these 300 hectares (state government donation) are added to the 660 hectares that exist in the national park to preserve and become the most important attraction that Tulum can have to move forward as a tourist destination and for the inhabitants of Tulum it will be an extraordinary place”.

This reserve is expected to be the entrance to the archeological zone. The fences that will delimit the zone will be made of stone, vegetation (trees) and a combination of both. Both the reserve and Tulum’s international airport should be completed by December 2023. In addition to Tulum, land will be rescued to expand the protected areas in Uxmal, Palenque, Chichén Itzá and Calakmul.

Editing: Estefanía Cardeña
By: Rosario Ruiz Canduriz

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