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SAVE THE RIVIERA MAYA TODAY: SIAN KA’AN BEACH RECLAMATION PROJECT
The beautiful coastline of the Sian Ka’an,”The Birthplace of the Sky“, Biosphere Reserve has been polluted by local and global waste.
The 64 km stretch of once virgin beachfront is home to dolphins, manatees, endangered sea turtles, and 339 unique bird species.
Your contribution will initiate clean up of the beaches, coordinate local organizations, and raise global awareness.
Please view Our Way is Our Destiny short film at http://altruistica.org/save-the-riviera-maya-today-preserve-the-sian-ka%E2%80%99an
Our project will make an immediate and crucial impact in the following ways:
As part of Altruistica’s larger media campaign, SAVE THE RIVIERA MAYA TODAY: PRESERVE THE SIAN KA’AN, these impacts will be leveraged for the present and future well being of these species and their environment.
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Sian Ka’an is “The Birthplace of the Sky” in the ancient Mayan heritage.
For over 40,000 years it is has been a pristine land filled with cenotes, lagoons, petenes, canals, and early Mayan temples.
Home to jaguars, monkeys, manatees, endangered sea turtles, dolphins, unique birds, and thousands of other rare animal species; all existing together in tranquility and harmony until the recent encroachment of human population and global pollution.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is situated on the eastern side of the YucatánPeninsula in the state of Quintana Roo and is approximately 1.3 million acres in size.
Where possible, boundaries were defined to coincide with natural features: the site is bounded by the Caribbean Sea and the barrier reef to a depth of 50 m in the east; by the junction between the marshes and semi-evergreen forests in the south-east; and by the junction of Chetumal and Espiritu Santo bays catchment basin in the south. The northern and north-eastern boundaries are defined by the limits of farming cooperatives. The northern sites can be reached by a dirt track from Tulum, whereas Punta Pajaros is only accessible by boat or aircraft.
Sian Ka’an lies on a partially emerged coastal limestone plain which forms part of the extensive barrier reef system along the eastern coast of Central America. Much of the reserve lies in a zone of recent Pleistocene origin which still appears to be in a transitional stage. A large series of sinkholes (cenotes) exist in the area and are characteristic features of the Yucatán and Florida peninsulas. The hydrological cycle is complex and the water table is permanently close to the surface. There is little surface running water within the reserve as it usually filters fairly rapidly through the shallow rendzina and saskab (granular whitish and brittle limestone) soils, and the limestone rock to subterranean channels. Owing to their hardness the waters in the reserve are generally very clear. A geological fault crosses the reserve from south-west to north-east, influencing its topography and hydrology. In general, soils are unsuitable for agriculture.
Medium altitude semi-evergreen forest represents the climax vegetation in non-flooded areas, although it is scarce in accessible parts due to disturbance. Some 120 trees and shrubs have been recorded, including larger trees. Some 100 tree and shrub species have been identified in medium and low semi-deciduous forest. The abundance of palm is a characteristic feature of this forest type. Flood forest is subdivided into low forest with closed and open canopy tree communities, the latter being found in lower, wetter areas. It can form monospecific ‘islands’ on patches of dark soil. Grass communities cover large areas to the south and north and occur among mangroves and inland forests (although not in areas of high salinity). This vegetation type occurs as a mosaic with three intermingled associations. Low islands known as hammocks or petenes emerge from the flooded marshes. Larger petenes may have a central waterbody. There are extensive areas covered by scattered dwarf mangroves to the east of the freshwater marshes.
Coastal dunes stretch along 64 km of the coast, from the northern limit of the reserve to Punta Allen and from Punta Hualastoc to Punta Tupac. As Sian Ka’an lies so close to the Caribbean islands, there is a strong affinity between their flora. The introduction and cultivation of coconut has replaced about 60% of the natural vegetation on the coastal dunes. Selective felling has affected mahogany, red cedar and white cedar. There are an estimated 1,200 plant species.
As regards to the Sian Ka’an fauna, a total of 103 species of mammal has been recorded including five species of cat – jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay and jaguarondi. Other mammals include Central American tapir, Caribbean manatee, spider monkey, howler monkey, kinkajou, white-tailed deer, red brocket, white-lipped peccary, paca, tayra and collared anteater. Some 339 bird species have also been recorded, with about two-thirds breeding inside the reserve. Due to the great diversity of aquatic habitats, marine and wading birds are well represented. There are 16 raptor species, as well as frigate bird, cormorant, roseate spoonbill, greater flamingo and jabirus; and 42 species of amphibian and reptile have been recorded. These include four of the six turtle species found along the Mexican coast; green, hawksbill, loggerhead and leatherback. Morelet’s crocodile and American crocodile also occur. Fish are abundant, and over 52 species have been recorded. A total of 550 terrestrial and 843 aquatic invertebrate species have been observed.
There are 23 Mayan sites in the reserve, while the Chunyaxché ruins, Vigia Del Lago and Xamach, are just to the north. Recently, a 24 km Mayan artificial canal was discovered. The reserve is located in the least-developed part of Quintana Roo, and the population is predominantly of Mayan origin, in whose language Sian Ka’an means ‘The Birthplace of the Sky’.
In 1987 the reserve was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The species listed below represent a small sample of iconic and/or IUCN Red Listed animals and plants found in the property. Clicking on the number in brackets next to the species will reveal other World Heritage Properties in which a species has been identified. These species are identified in an effort to better communicate the biological diversity contained within World Heritage properties inscribed under criteria ix and/or x.
Alouatta pigra / Yucatán Black Howler Monkey (2)
Amazona xantholora / Yellow-lored Amazon
Ardea herodias / Great Blue Heron (2)
Ateles geoffroyi / Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (3)
Crocodylus acutus / American Crocodile (5)
Crocodylus moreletii / Morelet’s Crocodile (2)
Ctenosaura similis / Black Iguana
Cuniculus paca / Spotted Paca (3)
Dasyprocta punctata / Central American Agouti (2)
Eira barbara / Tayra
Fregata magnificens / Magnificent Frigatebird (2)
Jabiru mycteria / Jabiru (2)
Leopardus pardalis / Ocelot (5)
Leopardus wiedii / Margay (5)
Meleagris ocellata / Ocellated Turkey (2)
Mycteria americana / Wood Stork
Nasua narica / White-nosed Coati
Panthera onca / Jaguar (19)
Pelicanus occidentalis / Brown Pelican
Phalacrocorax brasilianus / Neotropic Cormorant
Phoenicopterus ruber / American Flamingo
Potos flavus / Kinkajou
Puma concolor / Puma (7)
Puma yagouaroundi / Jaguarundi (4)
Ramphastos sulferatus / Keel-billed Toucan
Sarcoramphus papa / King Vulture (4)
Tamandua tetradactyla / Tamandua (2)
Tapirus bairdii / Baird’s Tapir (6)
Tayassu pecari / White-lipped Peccary (6)
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Our Founders will start the process and gather Board Members and Responsible Organizations for our Cuida programs using Implementation by Strategic Cooperation. Our Donors and Volunteers will help fund and operate each one alongside them.
The Riviera Maya region will be utilized as a prototype to develop an exportable, workable model for another 200 Second and Third World regions where similar conditions exist and are able to be rehabilitated.
Save the Riviera Maya Today.
Launch Ad Campaign with the Ancient Mayan discovering the loss of the sacred and beautiful green
Il Palio Verde.
Each colony will compete for the Best Garden Created, most Recycling Collected, most Power Saved,
and most Vehicles Converted. Each competition will run each week. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning
Mayan History Month.
Each Colony will sponsor cultural events to collect food for the new Food Bank to help Mayan people.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the best event and most food collected.