The head of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), Rafael Pacchiano Alaman, reiterated his willingness to work with the United States on environmental issues of importance to both nations, especially conservation of the Vaquita Whale and the Monarch Butterfly.
During a working visit to Washington, DC, he held a bilateral meeting with Secretary of the Interior Department, Sally Jewell, where he highlighted the collaboration to increase the population of the vaquita and totoaba marine life.
[divider style=”solid” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]Mexico implements plan to save Vaquita[divider style=”solid” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]
He explained that Mexico has strengthened surveillance with the participation of various government agencies and through a program of $550 million pesos to workers in the fishing industry to compensate for losses in revenue resulting from fishing bans aimed to protect the species.
The official stressed the importance of exploring with the US government cooperation opportunities in technology and surveillance practices by unmanned aircraft, an action that would complement and reinforce the efforts of Mexico.
Both ministers discussed the follow-up to the mandate on the conservation of the Monarch butterfly, issued by the summit leaders in Toluca, Mexico, 2014.
[divider style=”solid” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]Monarch Butterfly numbers flutter up this year[divider style=”solid” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]
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They recognized that efforts are paying off in both countries from the actions of their governments in the conservation of the species, as well as trilateral cooperation that both countries made with Canada to protect their migratory route.
The officials agreed that the increase of 255% of the Monarch Butterflies, with respect to the previous season, in hibernation forests in Mexico, is very encouraging and shows the relevance of joint actions.
NTX / SGR