RIVIERA MAYA, QUINTANA ROO—The erosion of the Rivera Maya and Caribbean beaches have presented a problem that has worsened over the years. The effects of climate change have been the main culprit, affecting trade winds and ocean currents which has caused a loss of sand and beach corrosion.
To combat the issue, Mayakoba Tourism Development is implementing an innovative and comprehensive project to rehabilitate its coastal ecosystems as a measure to address sea level not only in the Caribbean, but worldwide.
For this project, a strategic alliance was made with expert scientists from the School of Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as local technical, environmental and legal partners.
New Coral Barriers to be Created
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.
The project has been reviewed and authorized by institutions such as: Secretariats of Environment, communications and transport, and marine, state and municipal authorities.
Mayakoba Tourism Development 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.