The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the second largest barrier reef in the world and it has a great biodiversity. Coral reefs are very delicate environments that are currently becoming increasingly threatened all over the world due to Coastal developments, pollution and hurricanes, just a few of the threats that are putting this beautiful ecosystem in danger. In the Quintana Roo state, several NGOs are working on policies towards protecting and preserving the reef.
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%! There are no management plans for most of the areas and development is affecting the ecosystems as well as the fresh water supplies. All of this is negatively impacting the health of the reef, as there are more coral diseases, bleaching and erosion, many species are threatened.
There are several NGO's 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 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. 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.