Coastal protection in San Quintín


Nowadays, over 3706 acres of land in San Quintín Bay have been protected as destination agreements and concessions. These areas are part of the biological heritage of Mexico that remains protected and conserved for nature benefit and the enjoyment of human kind.

The joined efforts of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) and Terra Peninsular regarding the destination agreements and concessions are conducted through a collaboration covenant and annual work plans in which are defined actions of surveillance, biological monitoring and other activities, the goal of these actions is to conserve and protect the biodiversity of the Terrestrial and Maritime Federal Zone of Mexico (Zofemat) and other priority sites located inside the Ramsar site.

Since 2012, 19 coastal areas have been identified as priority sites in San Quintín Bay: 5 as concessions (79 acres) and 14 segments were managed as destination agreements (3919 acres).

The objective of the destination agreements and the concessions is to protect and keep the natural biodiversity of the Terrestrial and Maritime Federal Zone of Mexico, which includes a sixty six feet wide’s strip of free access ground along the beach representing the public domain assets of the federation. The destination agreements and concessions are also a protection against the uses that have an impact on the environment, such as touristic development, mining, extraction of resources, among others.

Destination agreements are granted under the service of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp). In the case of San Quintín, the place is monitored and supervised through a work agreement with Terra Peninsular. With that specific tool of protection, the conservation of the ecosystem and the protection of flora and fauna are for an indefinite time.

Concessions are the parcels granted by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to individuals or organizations, like Terra Peninsular, for a determined time for the management and the use of it.

Once the destination agreements or the concessions approved, the notification is published in the Official Journal of the Federation (Diario Oficial de la Federacion) then the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) officially entrust these areas to the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp).

List of destination agreements

10/03/12 Southwest Wetland: 12 Acres

12/08/14 Panteón Inglés Sur Wetland: 19 Acres

12/23/15 Panteón Inglés Norte Wetland: 15 Acres

12/23/15 Punta Azufre: 13 Acres

06/29/16 Arco Central Wetland: 2 Acres

07/01/16 San Simón Wetland: 43 Acres

07/05/16 El Playón (San Ramón Beach): 62 Acres

07/05/16 Molino Viejo (San Quintín Bay): 64 Acres

09/14/16 Monte Ceniza: 30 Acres

12/01/16 Barra Mazo Interior: 105 Acres

12/ 01/16 Flooding Area Laguna Figueroa: 3228 Acres

01/31/17 Barra Mazo Exterior: 32 Acres

02/01/17 Laguna Figueroa: 218 Acre

10/24/17 Punta Azufre: 75 Acres

List of concessions

04/28/09 Arco Norte Wetland: 7 Acres

04/28/09 Chapala Wetland: 42 Acres

05/21/09 Arco Sur Wetland: 8 Acres

05/21/09 North Kenton Wetland: 8 Acres

05/21/09 South Kenton Wetland: 13 Acres