To generate a strategy of low emissions for tourism in Quintana Roo by 2020 that is aligned to the goals of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
To develop a technical document with the Strategy for Low Carbon Emissions for Tourism, supported by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Ecology of Quintana Roo.
To establish sites for the continuous monitoring of the physicochemical parameters along the coast of the state, which may contribute to generating an early warning of coral bleaching caused by climate change.
To identify, together with the business sector, mitigation measures for the tourism sector, including a measurement of the mitigation potential (of CO2 emissions) of each of the measures (including an analysis on the offset of the carbon emissions for the companies in the sector and the tourists, as well as the implementation of alternative technologies).
To conduct a media campaign aimed towards the different decision makers in order to promote the program and involve tourists and tour operators in the carbon offset project.
Climate Change State´s Action Plan (SPCR)
In the State Plan of Action for Climate Change (PEACC) of Quintana Roo in coordination with the Environment Secretariat (SEMA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and with funding from the WWF-Carlos Slim Foundation we included measures for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, which are specific to the tourism sector and were developed by Amigos de Sian Ka'an. This is an unprecedented case, because the document is the first in the country to include a specific section dedicated to tourism as an industry.
In collaboration with National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), the National Protected Area Commission CONANP and Global Vision International (GVI) we installed 14 continuous sea-temperature monitoring sites along the north coast of Quintana Roo.
Climate Change Challenges
Climate change is a global problem that all of mankind must face together. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change plans should be proposed, evaluated and implemented, and each of the sectors of the population should be aware of the effects that this phenomenon will have and how to foresee and adapt to them.
The Mexican Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions of the Americas, both for the loss of beaches from coastal erosion, as well as due to the salt-water intrusion into the groundwater.