COASTAL ECOSYSTEM REHABILITATION PROJECT MAYAKOBA
MAYAKOBA LAUNCHES ITS COASTAL ECOSYSTEM REHABILITATION PROJECT
Today´s beach erosion along the Riviera Maya and the Caribbean have presented a constant problem that has spread over years. The effects of climate change have been the main culprit affecting trade winds and ocean currents which have caused a loss of sand and beach extension.
Mayakoba is implementing an innovative and comprehensive project to rehabilitate its coastal ecosystems as a measure to front a growing sea level, which has caused a vast amount of erosion and loss of sand on the beaches not only in the Caribbean but on worldwide scale.
Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmatra) nursery where coral fragment are grown and stabilized for then be transplantated to the sea bottom.
For this project, a strategic alliance was made with expert scientists from the School of Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México U.N.A.M as well as local technical, environmental and legal partners.
In collaboration with Dutch and U.S. companies, Mayakoba is using sustainable technology and processes to rebuild the coastal dunes, place barriers as protection against erosion and waves, recover sand on the beach and reefs, and most importantly create new coral barriers. The new barriers will be made through the propagation of acropora palmata, an important reef-building coral, with an innovative methodology endorsed by the Nature Conservancy.
Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) tiny colony transplanted to the sea bottom with some soft corals and a french grunt fish (Haemulon flavolineatum)./h6>
The project has been reviewed and authorized by institutions such as: Secretariats of Environment, Communications and Transport, and marine, state and municipal authorities.
Mayakoba is thrilled to carry out this comprehensive and resilient restoration of coastal ecosystems and act as a pioneer in adopting this type of action in the country.