Officials Gather to Discuss Climate Change

Local and world leaders descended upon Cancun and the Riviera Maya in late November to discuss climate change.

On Nov. 23, officials from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Cancun gathered at Xel-Ha park to discuss the characteristics, objectives and goals of the Initiative for Low-Carbon Tourism in Quintana Roo, a local effort which aims to reduce greenhouse gas effects within the tourism sector.

Vicente Ferreyra, the sustainable tourism coordinator for the Mesoamerican Reef Program (WWF Mexico), reminded attendees that, each year, the tourism sector brings more than 900 million people together and that the industry is responsible for the emission of 5 percent of the greenhouse gas effect (GEI) globally. He also stated that there are many international and national studies that show that the sector has a great potential to reduce its GEI emissions into the atmosphere.

Goals during the first year of operation include integrating at least 20 lead businesses into the initiative, developing a website about the initiative in order to share experiences, publishing a document of best practices regarding climate change in Quintana Roo and integrating participating businesses into work groups.

With this initiative, the tourism sectors in Cancun and Riviera Maya have assumed a long-term commitment to working together in matters regarding climate change.

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