Adán Echeverría-García

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Mexico has a lot of natural beauty to save – or squander. Xhuanx/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA

At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) in early December 2016, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves. This adds 181 protected natural environments – a total of 91 million hectares (70 million at sea and 21 million on land) – to Mexico’s existing 25 million hectares of reserves and biospheres.

Many greeted the announcement with enthusiasm. Protected natural areas are one of the most important and effective tools for safeguarding biodiversity and preventing habitat loss.

When done correctly, they also serve as a model for how humanity can live in harmony with nature, rather than destroying it.…  Seguir leyendo »