New challenges and opportunities to protect Mexico's coral reefs
By Kim Winters - The AIDA Team
Sandra Moguel leads our Mexico coral program
This is a final report for our fundraising efforts to distribute and utilize AIDA’s coral protection Guide throughout Latin America. But the good news is that we have launched a new campaign - Save Mexico’s Coral Reefs - to protect endangered coral reefs in Mexico.
Our new campaign focuses specifically on remediation of reefs in Veracruz, in the Gulf of Mexico, and preservation of the pristine Cabo Pulmo Reef in Baja California Sur. We will use the lessons learned, tools and techniques outlined in our International Regulatory Best Practices for Coral Reef Protection to address the challenges and opportunities in each of these locations.
Managed by our Marine Attorney, Sandra Moguel, the Veracruz and Cabo Pulmo cases provide urgent and critical opportunities for action:
To expand the Port of Veracruz, the government has modified a protected area on a string of 27 reefs between six islands. Construction has damaged the reef and the nearby Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, a source of rock for the port.
In Cabo Pulmo a proposed resort threatens to bury a pristine reef with sediment, sewage, and industrial waste. Worse, a desalination plant needed to supply water to the complex will change the marine ecosystem by making the ocean too salty.
To read about our solutions to these two development challenges, please visit our new campaign site. We hope you will consider a donation to launch our fundraising efforts to save corals reefs in Mexico!
We greatly appreciate your donation to our campaign for the coral projection Guide. Your funding has helped us educate government officials, provide media representatives with data, and effectively utilize the Guide to project corals in Latin America!
Thank you so much for being an advocate for this important work!
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