Photo: Mexican Government
This week Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the Decree of the Revillagigedo National Park (Parque Nacional Revillagigedo). This is the largest totally protected marine park in North America, with an area of 14,808,780 hectares.
In the current administration, six Natural Protected Areas and five safeguard zones have been decreed, equivalent to just over 65 million hectares, almost triple the territory that was protected at the beginning of this sexenio.
Mexico has reached a total of 182 Protected Natural Areas that together cover about 91 million hectares, almost 70 million in marine areas and 21 million in terrestrial areas.
The Revillagigedo Islands are home to endemic plant and animal species, and are sometimes called Mexico’s “little Galápagos.” The Mexican Government established the islands as a Biosphere Reserve on June 4, 1994.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Archipelago of Revillagigedo Patrimonio in 2016.
Decreto Parque Nacional Revillagigedo