President Enrique Peña Nieto Signs Revillagigedo National Park Decree – Mexico

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President Enrique Peña Nieto Signs Revillagigedo National Park Decree
“Mexico confirms its commitment to global efforts to conserve the environment for the benefit of all people and nations”
November 24, 2017 Press Release
:: The decision was taken to turn the Revillagigedo Archipelago into a national park, the largest in North America, to ensure its conservation by providing it with the greatest possible protection.
:: During this Administration, six Natural Protected Areas and five safeguard zones have been decreed, equivalent to just over 65 million hectares, almost triple the area protected at the beginning of this government.
:: Mexico has thereby achieved a total of 182 Protected Natural Areas, which together cover approximately 91 million hectares, including nearly 70 million hectares of marine areas and 21 million of land areas.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today signed the Revillagigedo National Park Decree, whereby the Mexican government fulfills its commitment to ensuring the conservation of this exceptional archipelago, which will allow the conservation of hundreds of marine species, many of them at risk.

After noting that, “This wonderful protected natural area is an invaluable heritage of Mexico as well as an enormous responsibility,” the president declared that he made the decision to convert the Revillagigedo Archipelago into a national park, the largest in North America, to ensure its conservation by providing it with the greatest possible protection…

He explained that as a result of these actions, “In 2016, we joined the small group of countries that have complied with the marine component of the Aichi target, which establishes the commitment to protect 10 percent of the marine area, which we have already more than doubled by achieving nearly 23 percent”

President Peña Nieto recalled that barely a year has passed since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Revillagigedo Archipelago a World Heritage Site, adding that, “The criteria on which its inscription in this list were based reflect the importance of this maritime paradise”:
FIRST: Possessing natural beauty and exceptional aesthetic value.
SECOND: Being a representative example of the biological and ecological processes of marine ecosystems; and
THIRD: Containing natural habitats for the in situ conservation of biological diversity, particularly of threatened species with universal value.

The president declared that the decree signed today, “Will contribute to maintaining the connectivity of Pacific Ocean ecosystems, including other protected areas in that extensive marine corridor such Clipperton Atoll, the Galapagos Islands and Coco Island, in Costa Rica”.

The core zone of the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park includes14.8 million hectares. As of the entry into force of this decree, “Any fishing activity, extraction of any natural resource or the construction of hotel infrastructure will be prohibited in this area”. Unlike what has happened in the past, he said, “This national park came into existence with equipment, facilities and personnel, which will ensure its proper conservation”.

“To this end, the Mexican Navy, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, will carry out surveillance, equipment and training actions, which will include remote monitoring in real time, environmental education for fishermen, and sanctions against offenders. These actions will contribute to increasing the number of species and will help the recovery of marine banks that have been reduced by environmental impact and human activity,” he explained…