Saving the Mayan Jungle

Home of the jaguar, tapir, spider and howler monkeys, hundreds of species of birds and thousands of different trees and plants, many with healing properties, the Great Mayan Jungle that covers wide swathes of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas and northern Guatemala and Belize is an ecological treasure house, widely regarded as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and an important green lung. Yet, its riches are under threat from urban sprawl, deforestation, forest fires and pollution.

The Royal Resorts Foundation has joined a regional initiative launched by Amigos de Sian Ka’an and the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) to safeguard four million hectares of tropical forest in the state of Quintana Roo that are not currently protected by reserves.

Protecting Fragile Ecosystems

Deep under the forest floor lies another hidden treasure, a complex network of underground rivers –the longest discovered to date anywhere in the world. This vast aquifer is the only source of fresh water in the limestone landscape of the Yucatan Peninsula and is also Mexico’s most important water resource for future generations. By protecting the jungle and preventing pollution, we’ll also be helping to keep this water pure for future generations. And since the underground rivers flow through the coastal wetlands into the sea, by conserving the forest and the hydrological system, we will also be reducing the human impact on the Mesoamerican Reef, the second longest in the world. Corals are extremely fragile and vulnerable to chemicals, sewage and other pollutants carried in the water. As you can see, everything is connected.

Our Objectives

  • Conservation of the state’s jungle, wetland and marine ecosystems
  • Protect the area’s rich flora and fauna
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Spread the message of environmental consciousness

Our Goals

To raise $30,000 US to purchase and thus protect 5,000 acres of the Great Mayan Jungle to act as a climate change buffer. For every peso raised by the Royal Resorts Foundation the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) will donate another peso. Join us and you will be helping to:

  • Protect a precious ecosystem, the habitat of thousands of species of mammals, birds, insects and plants
  • Continue supplying clean water to Cancun and the Riviera Maya
  • Safeguard the state’s landscapes and natural wonders for future generations
  • Increase carbon capture and offset the devastating effects of climate change

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