Sian Ka’an Strug­gles

Against Cli­mate Change

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The Sian Ka’an pro­tected area com­prises the Sian Ka’an Bio­sphere Re­serve, Sian Ka’an Reef Bio­sphere Re­serve, and the Uaymil Area for Flora and Fauna Pro­tec­tion, cov­er­ing a to­tal of over 650 thou­sand hectares (1.6 mil­lion acres). In 2003, due to its unique ecosys­tems, the re­serve was de­clared a Ram­sar Wet­land of In­ter­na­tional Im­por­tance, a list that in­cludes more than 2,000 pro­tected wet­lands glob­ally. Sian Ka’an was awarded UNESCO World Her­itage Site sta­tus in 1987.

Ac­cord­ing to CONANP, tem­per­a­tures will in­crease by 3°C in the Caribbean wet­lands over com­ing years. It is also pre­dicted that in­ten­si­fy­ing hur­ri­cane dam­age, ris­ing sea lev­els, and storm surges will cause the ex­ist­ing, and highly vul­ner­a­ble, coastal wet­lands to re­duce by 10 to 15 per­cent.

Sian Ka’an Bio­sphere Re­serve/ Photos: Flickr

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