Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Joint Statement on Cooperative Action for Conservation in the Big Bend/Río Bravo Region by The Department of the Interior of the United States of America and The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States

Let's invite Presidents Obama and Nieto to uphold this 2010 Bi-National Agreement:

In May of 2010, a joint statement was issued from U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon that “reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico” stressing, among other things, climate change, clean energy, and environmental conservation. 
The Presidents noted the long history of bilateral cooperation in the conservation of natural and cultural resources and in particular, recognized that Big Bend National Park and Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River in the United States and the Protected Areas of Maderas del Carmen, Cañon de Santa Elena, Ocampo, and Río Bravo del Norte in Mexico together comprise one of the largest and most significant ecological complexes in North America.

In doing so, they recognized that increased cooperation in these protected areas would restrict development and enhance security in the region and within this fragile desert ecosystem.

To preserve this region of extraordinary biological diversity, they expressed their support for the United States Department of Interior and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States to work through appropriate national processes to recognize and designate Big Bend – Rio Bravo as a natural area of binational interest.  The Presidents underscored their commitment to manage the region in a way that enhances security and protects these areas for wildlife preservation, ecosystem restoration, climate change adaptation, wildland fire management, and invasive species control.



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