April 6, 2024
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Sedatu Recovers 300 Hectares of Tulum’s Old Aerodrome to Expand Jaguar Park

The Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development (Sedatu) has commenced the recovery works of the former Tulum airport, which spans 300 hectares, through its Urban Improvement Program (PMU). This land will be incorporated into the Jaguar Park through reforestation efforts.

“These newly acquired hectares used to be an old airstrip, and we have already begun the removal of the asphalt pavement and will be implementing a reforestation process to protect the flora and fauna,” reported the head of the agency, Roman Meyer Falcon.

During a supervisory visit, the secretary explained that the Tulum National Park was established by decree in the 1980s. With the inclusion of the former airport, the new Jaguar Park will span a total of 1000 hectares, dedicated to safeguarding the flora and fauna of the region.

“The works in this area also include a corridor that will connect with the Tren Maya, as well as a visitor center in the archaeological zone, and a site museum that will be established in coordination with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to reinforce identity and preservation efforts,” he added.

Sedatu Recovers 300 Hectares of Tulum's Old Aerodrome to Expand Jaguar Park

It is worth mentioning that the Jaguar Park will be a completely public space. Construction works for the 21-kilometer perimeter wall, a cycle path, and rest modules along Avenida Coba have already been completed. Additionally, the construction of public beach access, the refurbishment of the Costera Avenue, and the completion of the Southern Access are ongoing.

Expanding upon the details of this project, it is crucial to note the significance of the Tulum National Park, which is considered a crucial habitat for numerous species of flora and fauna. With the integration of the former airport, the park’s total area will nearly quadruple, providing an extensive space for wildlife conservation.

Moreover, the reforestation process will entail the planting of a wide variety of vegetation, including endangered and native species, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that benefits both the environment and the communities surrounding it. The Sedatu’s PMU has also emphasized the importance of community involvement in the reforestation efforts, promoting local participation in the planting and maintenance of the new vegetation.

In terms of tourism, the new Jaguar Park will offer an array of attractions, including the archaeological zone, the museum, and the beach access. The integration of the Tren Maya will also provide an alternative means of transportation for visitors, reducing the environmental impact of vehicular traffic.

Furthermore, the project’s emphasis on identity and preservation highlights the importance of maintaining the cultural and historical significance of the region. The INAH’s involvement in the establishment of the site museum ensures that the area’s rich cultural heritage is not lost to time, serving as a reminder of the region’s past.

The Sedatu’s PMU’s efforts to recover and reforest the former Tulum airport is a significant step towards wildlife conservation, environmental sustainability, and community involvement. The establishment of the Jaguar Park offers an opportunity for tourism development while ensuring the preservation of the area’s cultural and historical heritage. With ongoing construction works, the project promises to provide a comprehensive and sustainable solution for the region’s needs.


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