Given the budget cut for the Protected Natural Areas, (ANP) by the Federal Government, in Durango Alternatives will be sought with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to obtain resources that allow the conservation and preservation of the Sierra del Sarnoso.
Due to the pandemic, This project is suspended, however in his recent visit to the Lagunera Region the Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment in Durango, Alfredo Herrera Duenweg, announced that the issue has not been left, but on the contrary, they are looking for the appropriate measures to provide protection.
Among the projects is to grant it the appointment as a Protected Natural Area, (ANP), for which work is already being done, however now it is complicated by the reduction of resources in the budget of Semarnat, Conafor and the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) where the budget cut was up to 75 percent.
“As the State Government is important to increase the ANP’s, there was even a new version of having an ANP of the ADVC type (Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation), but unfortunately the Federal Government cut the resources of Semarnat, which directly hit Conafor and even Conanp “he emphasized.
As part of these advances, he stressed that they have been in talks with the people who have the forest use of the Sierra del Sarnoso, however at work to obtain the declaration as a Protected Natural Area, lthe ejidatarios also request a benefit.
“Because before there was a certain economic benefit, they were given resources to do conservation work that they called Environmental Services Brigades that made filtering dams, reforestations, programs to take care of controlled burns, with fire breaks, however, since there was no resource allocating specifically for this, many people lost interest “, expressed
Faced with this situation, they contemplate approaching NGOs that have a budget to help these areas.
An example of this is in Chihuahua, where there is an area of the sierra that is cared for because they have the macaw Verde de la Sierra Madre Occidental, “they have access to a pool of resources that helps them to do conservation and preservation work of the species, for example in the Ecological Park of El Tecuan, we have the presence of the axolotl is a species of salamander protected by the rule”.
“If we manage to sign agreements and conventions we can at a certain moment get an NGO to help us to preserve the area, so it is important to find a way to get more agreements like the one with Iberdrola in the Fernández Canyon,” he concluded.