Cozumel Reef Management Cooperation

CONANP
Published: 11 November 2015
Last edited: 08 May 2020
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Summary

Due to its spectacular marine life, Cozumel is a main tourist destination for diving. Poorly planned and managed tourism development has critically damaged Cozumel’s coastal and marine habitats. Strengthened cooperation and coordination among key public and private stakeholder groups are necessary to more effectively implement the environmental management plan. In addition, information campaigns raise the local population’s awareness and involve them in protection and conservation strategies.

Classifications

Region
Caribbean
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Coral reef
Freshwater ecosystems
Mangrove
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Wetland (swamp, marsh, peatland)
Theme
Cities and infrastructure
Coastal and marine spatial management
Protected area management planning
Tourism
Challenges
Loss of Biodiversity
Sea level rise
Tropical cyclones / Typhoons
Unsustainable harvesting incl. Overfishing
Pollution (incl. eutrophication and litter)
Ecosystem loss
Inefficient management of financial resources
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness

Location

Isla Cozumel, México

Challenges

badly planned coastal development, biodiversity loss and incongruent public policies

Beneficiaries

fishermen, tourism service providers, coastal villages, local governements and the inhabitants of Cozumel

How do the building blocks interact?

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Impacts

• Synergies between different institutions to reach a common goal • In-depth knowledge on various issues, gained by the participants of the working group • Higher environmental quality • Active participation of the local population • Creation of a high-quality tourism that is conscious about its contribution to benefit the local community

Contributed by

Cristopher González Baca Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel

Other contributors

Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel