“Reserva Natural de San Quintín para Todos”

Terra Peninsular
Publicado: 27 Septiembre 2021
Última edición: 27 Septiembre 2021
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San Quintin Bay is one of the best-preserved coastal bays on the entire Pacific Coast of America. Since 2001, the civil association Terra Peninsular has focused its efforts on guaranteeing that the ecological value of this bay is maintained for the benefit of current and future communities.


Our goal is to guarantee the long-term protection of natural areas through a strategy that includes legal protection, adaptive habitat management, and continuous work with communities:


- We identify natural areas of great importance and apply the most appropriate management models to ensure their long-term protection.


- We carry out conservation actions in the protected areas: biological monitoring, surveillance programs, visitor services, infrastructure maintenance, and restoration.


- We promote the active participation of society through awareness-raising activities, events, festivals, and environmental education.





América del Norte
Scale of implementation
Arrecife rocoso / orilla rocosa
Desierto costero
Ecosistemas de pastizales
Ecosistemas del desierto
Ecosistemas marinos y costeros
Pastizales templados, sabana, matorral
Pradera marina
Actores locales
Caza furtiva y delitos ambientales
Ciencia y investigación
Comunicación y divulgación
Gestión de fuego
Gestión de residuos
Gestión de tierras
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas
Manejo espacial de la zona marino-costera
Mantenimiento de infraestructura
Marco legal y normativo
Ordenamiento territorial terrestre
Paz y seguridad humana
Pesca y acuicultura
Standards/ certification
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Fuegos silvestres
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Cacería furtiva
Contaminación (incluida la eutrofización y la basura)
Gestión ineficaz de los recursos financieros
Desarrollo de Infraestructura
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Extracción de recursos físicos
Deficiente gobernanza y participación
Sustainable development goals
ODS 1 - Fin de la pobreza
ODS 4 - Educación de calidad
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 16 - Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Aichi targets
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 6: Gestión sostenible de los recursos vivos acuáticos
Meta 8: Reducción de la contaminación
Meta 11: Áreas protegidas y conservadas
Meta 12: Reducir el riesgo de extinción
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 17: Estrategias y planes de acción para la biodiversidad
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
Marco de Sendai
Meta 1: Reducir la mortalidad global por desastre para 2030
Meta 2: Reducir el número de personas afectadas a nivel global para 2030
Meta 6: Incrementar la cooperación hacia países en desarrollo a través de apoyo adecuado y sustentable a fin de complementar sus acciones
Business engagement approach
Compromiso directo con asociaciones
Indirecto a través del gobierno
Indirecto a través de actores legales
(I)NDC Submission


San Quintín, Baja California, Mexico
Mostrar en “Planeta protegido”


Our awareness and social participation strategy emphasize the importance of the human dimension to achieve long-term success in nature conservation. Its objective is achieved through advocacy, dialogue of knowledge, community participation, and self-management. It also functions as a bridge to reach agreements between the conservation vision and the social vision to show that both are compatible.  A fundamental part of the implementation of the strategy is education, the creation of relevant and valuable content, and the application of methodological tools that allow us to know and understand the opinions and perceptions of the communities that interact with the natural spaces.

We created the SQ Bird Festival as an opportunity to connect communities with their natural environment, an approach to the conservation work being done in the bay, and a space to promote bird watching as an activity with low environmental impact, which arouses curiosity and contributes to the knowledge of the communities.


Families, children, schools, local authorities, local artists, the scientific community, and the general public

¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?

Terra Peninsular's conservation projects will always work in a cross-cutting practice between programs and never independently of them, seeking a logical sequence that connects one program with another, thus maximizing the Organization's conservation successes. Some examples of how the three actions have been successfully carried out were when we rediscovered a species that was thought to be extinct for more than 30 years, the San Quintín kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes). We achieved this together with the SD Natural History Museum. Another example is the "La playa es de todos" campaign, which aims to protect the snowy plover bird in its breeding season. To date, it has managed to preserve four breeding seasons of the snowy plover. For this, key allies joined, including Pacifica at Ensenada, to represent the real estate industry. As part of the campaign, environmental education events, beach cleanups, and the creation of outreach materials have been implemented and the involvement of volunteers and students. We have valued the achievements of implementing management actions and awareness actions, which takes us to the next level to apply the legal protection action in ensuring the conservation of the snowy plover in this area. 


  • In collaboration with research centers and other civil society organizations, we canceled the Cabo San Quintin mega tourism project, threatening the bay's natural system.
  • 5 concessions were obtained for conservation purposes in San Quintín (SQ), 32 ha of wetlands and coastal areas.
  • 6 native plant species of Baja California were included in the list of threatened or endangered species in the Mexican Official Standard.
  • Creation of the Punta Mazo nature reserve in SQ through the acquisition of 832 ha.
  • The coalition for the protection of  San Quintín Bay (SQB) is made.
  • SQB becomes part of the Wetlands of International Importance list in the Ramsar Convention and is designated as a WHSRN
  • Punta Mazo Nature Reserve was certified as an Area Voluntarily Destinated for Conservation (AVDC). 
  • The Monte Ceniza nature reserve was certified as AVDC. Obtained 14 Destination Agreements figuring over 1500 ha of wetlands and coastal areas in SQ. 
  • Through collaboration with the SDNHM, we rediscovered the SQ kangaroo rat. A rodent thought to be extinct for over 30 years. 
  • We received the Partners in flight award to recognize the community design of the Bird Festival and bird conservation projects.
  • We participated in the San Quintín Nature Reserve certification. 



Terra Peninsular

When I arrived in Ensenada, the port inhabitants spoke to me of San Quintín as a lonely and sad town, something like Juan Rulfo's Comala, a place ruled by wind and ghosts.  I had to see it with my own eyes to discover that those images could not be further from reality. Once you venture out into the bay, everything is transformed. A few meters from the Transpeninsular, the twelve volcanic cones and the sea mist embrace you tightly and welcome you to a wild and misunderstood paradise. It wasn't until 2020, the year of the global pandemic, that for the first time, I was able to live for a week in the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve and was the happiest woman on earth. Our mission was to be park rangers to understand the issues facing San Quintin.  Each sunrise and sunset was unique; the texture of the blind and its colors would never be the same again. As we walked the sandbar and did clean-ups, we observed the perfect flight of the snowy plover and least tern. We learned that the scrub and dunes were not simple mounds of sand or grass but a complex and delicate home. Here inhabit plants that can only be found in this region: the everlasting evergreen, poetically and vitally named; my beloved sand verbena, a succulent with wet flowers that like to live in the dunes, in extreme conditions low water and high salinity. I was in the home of the Baja California Whiptail, a lizard with vibrant colors and design on the level with or even above Paris couture. The shells, as "windows to the past," remained in place as proof of the passage of hunter-fishermen who lived in these lands hundreds of years ago; the ornamental objects they made with abalone shells showed us that we have always found beauty in what surrounds us throughout the history of humanity. The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve was certified as a Conservation Area and covers 830 hectares of pure magic. Therefore, my heart breaks when I think of all the garbage we collected and reappeared the next day in the same place as if we had not cleaned anything. We only need to open our eyes a little to understand that the natural world is also our home and responsibility. We must treasure it and take care of it with gentleness because it is highly delicate to ensure its balance. I felt very fortunate to immerse myself in nature during that week, even though we were in the middle of a pandemic. There we felt safe and free. We need to spend a little time contemplating the miracle that is this planet.

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César Guerrero Terra Peninsular A.C.