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The caguama turtle (Caretta caretta), one of the oldest species on Earth, undertakes a wonderful journey in its migration for Japan to the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, where it arrives in order to feed.

It is a national and international ecotourism detonator for the region and a source of national pride. However, the caguama turtle is endangered and actions that involve the government, the fishermen, the private sector and society in general are urgently needed in order to protect it and guarantee its survival in the Mexican coasts.

The ‘Turtle Operation’ campaign seeks to sum up efforts to have the necessary measures taken immediately in order to protect the turtles and at the same time support the fishermen so that they can maintain their livelihood in a sustainable way.

The Mexican Northwest includes the Gulf of California and the states of Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora, and has an environmental wealth that stands out even in a mega-diverse country like Mexico. Hence, the renowned French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, marveled by this region, named the Gulf of California ‘the world’s aquarium’.

 

Send this letter to the Mexican President and to the Secretary of Environment

Enrique Peña Nieto
President of Mexico

Juan José Guerra Abud
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat)

I write to you to request that the federal government take immediate actions in the coast of Baja California Sur to protect the caguama turtle, which is endangered.
The caguama turtle is a national and international ecotourism detonator for the region and a source of national pride. However, its mortality rates place it in grave danger, hence the need for urgent actions that involve the government, the fishermen, the private sector and society in general in order to protect it and guarantee its survival in the Mexican coasts.
This is why we demand that the necessary measures are taken to protect the turtles and, at the same time, support the fishermen so that they can maintain their livelihood in a sustainable way.

 

What has CEMDA done in the caguama turtle region?
The Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA) works since 2000 in this region fostering sustainable development that complies with the law and is in harmony with nature. It has participated along with different sectors of society in the defense and protection of hundreds of thousands of land and marine hectares, as well as of ecosystems of international importance that provide environmental services of an exceptional value to local communities. Some examples are:

  • Marismas Nacionales (National Marshes) in Nayarit and Sinaloa, one of the largest wetlands in Mexico.
  • Cabo Pulmo, world heritage site (UNESCO), and the most successful marine reserve in the world
  • The Upper Gulf of California, habitat of the vaquita marina, the world’s most threatened cetacean.
  • Magdalena Bay, one of the last remaining marine paradises and a strategic fishing zone.
  • Sierra de La Laguna, dozens of thousands of hectares of forest surrounded by desert.

 

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El Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental trabaja desde el año 2000 en esta zona buscando un desarrollo sustentable con respeto a la ley y a en armonía con la naturaleza.
Ha participado con distintos sectores de la sociedad en la defensa y protección de cientos de miles de hectáreas terrestres y marinas, así cómo de ecosistemas de importancia internacional que brindan servicios ambientales de un valor excepcional para las comunidades locales. Algunos ejemplos son:

  • Marismas Nacionales en Nayarit y Sinaloa, uno de los mayores humedales de México.
  • Cabo Pulmo, patrimonio ambiental de la humanidad (UNESCO), y la reserva marina más exitosa del mundo.
  • El Alto Golfo de California, hábitat de la vaquita marina, el cetáceo más amenazado  del mundo.
  • Bahía Magdalena, uno de los últimos paraísos marinos y área estratégica de pesca.
  • Sierra de La Laguna, decenas de miles de hectáreas de bosque franqueadas por desiertos.