Tech4Nature: Strengthening the conservation of biodiversity in Yucatan

Our mission at Tech4Nature centers on understanding, preserving and restoring the Dzilam State Reserve to provide a secure sanctuary for a rich variety of plant and animal species.​Nestled in the northeastern region of Yucatan, the Dzilam State Reserve is a natural protected area with over 69,000 hectares that belongs to the municipalities of Dzilam de Bravo and San Felipe.​This reserve holds a special status as a critical wetland conservation site, boasting nearly 290 species of fauna intricately linked with over 300 flora species. It spans five distinct vegetation types, including coastal dunes, mangroves, petenes, along with vibrant aquatic flora in coastal lagoons.

Tech4Nature Mexico aims to accelerate the effective conservation and regeneration of biodiversity and ecosystem health by strengthening the monitoring, conservation, and understanding of the effects of climate change on priority ecosystems and species in the mangrove zone of the Yucatan Peninsula. 

More sightings of jaguars and other wild animals have been achieved in Yucatan by employing the power of community-centered approaches, AI systems, and multi-sectoral collaborations in the Dzilam de Bravo reserve.

The director of Management and Conservation of Natural Resources of the Secretariat of Sustainable Development of Yucatán, Toshio Yokoyama Cobá, spoke about the Tech4Nature México project.

This initiative consists of installing camera traps in nature reserves in Yucatán, which have managed to capture the increase in jaguars in various areas.

They apply the Continuous Biodiversity Monitoring program in the Dzilam de Bravo, Tabí, and Biocultural del Puuc reserves.

According to Yokoyama, 119 species were classified, including birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It is crucial to mention that among the observed specimens, 34 are on the red list of threatened species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Finally, Yokoyama announced that, in the case of jaguars, they could record at least seven specimens in an area of ​​15 kilometers.

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