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November 12, 2010

CONANP Obtains Conservation Concessions in Laguna San Ignacio

WIth WiLDCOAST support, Mexico's Commission for Protected Natural Areas has conserved over 220,000 acres of federal lands in Laguna San Ignacio
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WiLDCOAST is proud to announce that Mexico's National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) recently obtained conservation concessions for 200,000 acres of undisturbed federal lands on the northern shore of Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California Sur. This area has historically been under tremendous pressure to be conveted into a salt extraction facility which would have desecrated miles of pristine lagoon shoreline and negatively impact the delicate whale populations that breed there. Fortunately, CONANP will now have jurisdiction of this area taking it off of the development agenda. Throughout Mexico there are swaths of unassigned land that is under federal jurisdiction. Since 2008, WiLDCOAST has been providing technical and logistical support to CONANP to obtain conservation concessions for federal lands in the protected areas of Northwest Mexico. WILDCOAST and CONANP are working to conserve federal lands in the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, the Valle de los Cirios, San Pedro Martir and the islands of the Gulf of California.