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July 05, 2016

WILDCOAST HELPS CONSERVE 209 MILES OF MANGROVES AND BEACHES

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As the United States celebrated Independence Day on July 4, WILDCOAST and Mexico's National Commission for Protected Areas, or CONANP, received the great news of a major conservation success: 209.4 miles of coastline and 3,709.47 acres of mangroves protected in Bahia Magdalena, on the Baja California Peninsula! This is the result of our hard work to protect the coastal federal zone through conservation concessions. Since 2009, WILDCOAST and CONANP have protected a total of 780.3 miles of beaches and 5,718.5 acres of mangrove forests in Northwest Mexico and Oaxaca through this work. We are working on conservation concessions for an additional 113,649.12 acres of mangroves and 1,574.54 miles of coastal federal zone in the Gulf of California and the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula, putting this effort at the forefront of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The areas protected represent important shoreline in San Quintin, the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Loreto, the Cabo Pulmo National Park, Bahia Magdalena in the Baja California Peninsula as well as Barra de la Cruz and other important sea turtle nesting beaches in the state of Oaxaca. These areas are home to critical bird, gray whale and sea turtle habitat, mangrove forests and undisturbed beaches.   

 Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, JuneBahia Magdalena, Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Claudio Contreras/WILDCOAST

Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, JuneBahia Magdalena, Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Claudio Contreras/WILDCOAST