- Mexico is a "megadiverse" country that is part of the select group of 17 nations possessing the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and plants [CONABIO*, 2016].
- It has three of the 37 "Wilderness Areas" of the planet. These areas retain 70% or more of their original habitat in good condition, and cover at least 10,000 km2 with a density of less than 5 inhabitants per square kilometer.
- The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree declaring four marine protected areas (MPAs) at the UN Biodiversity Conference (December 6, 2016). The decree brings Mexico’s total MPAs to 22.05% of its coastal and marine area, in line with Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which aims to conserve at least 10% of marine and coastal areas.
- The decree also contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
For more information, consult CONABIO.
*National Commision for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)