The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world & has great biodiversity. Coral reefs are very delicate environments that are currently becoming increasingly threatened all over the world due to Coastal developments, pollution & hurricanes. In the Quintana Roo state, NGOs are working on policies towards protecting & preserving the reef as well as the federal government who are undertaking an ambitious coral reef aquaculture program to restore the reef ecosystem.
The Yucatan peninsula has a rich biodiversity that is threatened by the expanding development of the tourist industry. In Quintana Roo in only 35 years, the population grew 1220%! With a lack in updated data on the marine ecosystems that can be integrated into the management plans for most of the areas & development is affecting the ecosystems & fresh water supplies. This negatively impacts the health of the reef as there are more coral diseases, bleaching & erosion, many species are threatened.
There are several NGO's and goverment institutions working on different projects along the Yucatan peninsula focusing on integrative management strategies and to influence environmental regulation. The different programs go from creating no-fishing zones in the whole state, to develop integrative coral reef stress response, monitoring the reefs, coral restoration and creating policies that will help the marine environment.
Working with local partners, together we intend to identify, protect and preserve areas with high biodiversity, as well as those ones that are essential to maintain the ecological processes of the species. Restore areas of the reef that have been negatively impacted by placing coral nurseries and monitoring their evolution. Developing management plans for the region, to work on capacity building and environmental education with the locals to ensure the protection and survival of these ecosystems