Mexico and Climate Change
Mexico hosts this years Sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16). It is also the 6th Conference of the Parties with a meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6). Almost 200 nations will be attending this years United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancún. Cancún was thought to be the ideal location for this years Climate Change Conference. Reasons for this are: Mexico is one of the countries who voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and a 2009 report of the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery states that Mexico will most likely be one of the countries to be negetively affected by severe weather conditions, which are a result of the forced climate change.
Mexico’s contribution on environmental matters
A positive surprise, being a developing country, Mexico has shown a clear determination to establish programs to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) into the atmosphere and to generate a greener economy, by helping businesses to measure and report GHG emissions. This program of implementing environmental controls and its voluntary program for businesses, shows a clear commitment towards the climate change crisis. Mexico was one of the countries signing the Kyoto Protocol in 1998 and has endorsed it in 2000.
The main goal of this years Climate Change Conference is about finding consensus about at least two topics:
(1) Providing support to countries having catastrophic events, and
(2) Requiring developed countries to provide developing countries with financial and technological support.
After the little successful Clima Conference at last year’s Copenhagen, this years expectations for the UN clima conference are generally small. The failing of reaching an agreement at the Clima Conference in Copenhagen has proved that it is most likely not possible to reach a comprehensive consensus at just one single event. It is more likely to apply a more gradualistic policy at this years UN clima conference in Cancún.
COP 16/CMP6 and Sustainability
Mexico in compliance of its obligations as a host of the 16th United Nations Climate Conference is committed to ensure the environmental impacts from the increased greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum during the duration of the 10 day event.
For this reason the Mexican government established recommendations fot the event’s participants.
- one of the main goals is to ensure the energy used for and during the event comes from renewable energy sources.
- to neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions through soil conservation programs.
- reforestation and sustainable forest management programs throughout Mexico and abroad.
- the implementation of a hotel assesment program for hotels in Cancún which aims to enhance their sustainable operations
- establishment of a residual waste management program that facilitates processing and elimination of various types of waste
- 10,000 trees and bushes will be planted along Cancun’s main corridor to the Riviera Maya, which will contribute to capture carbon and sequestration and will help to beautify Cancúns main boulevards.
Visit Sian Ka’an and Sustainable Tourism
Visit Sian Ka’an as a small local tourism company has comitted itself to sustainable tourism practises in the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an, a World Heritage by the UNESCO and a declared natural protected area in Mexico. Visit Sian Ka’an was funded and is run by natives from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and by touring with this small local company you are directly benefitting the local economy of Sian Ka’an and Tulum.
Our goal is not simply to strive to be the most ecologically sound and responsible tour provider in the area, but to serve as good practise model for sustainable tourism practices and to continually raise the awareness and conciousness for the natural world among the community and travel related businesses alike .
Visit Sian Ka’an knows of the great priviledge and responsability of taking tourist to the protected Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an which is the key of our sustainable business philosophy. As part of our sustainable tourism philosophy we take into account the “Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria” (GSTC) which are a set of 37 voluntary standards and serve as a role model for Visit Sian Ka’an to aspire, to protect and sustain the natural and cultural resources in Sian Ka’an while ensuring tourism meets its potential to help local communities to sustain a living and to improve their living standards, but also by educating the local communities on the benefits of wildlife and nature conservation.
Our Sian Ka’an Tours are designed to educate and inform our travelers in their exploration of natural areas, to apreciate the natural world, the wildlife and the rich local mayan heritage of Tulum and Sian Ka’an. For more information about our tours, please visit our homepage: www.visitsiankaan.com
For all particpants of the UN Climate Change conference we are offering a 20 % discount on our tours. We would love to welcome you to one of our tours and show you the beauty of Sian Ka’an.