Sian Ka’an – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sian Ka’an in the Mexican Caribbean is the largest protected area in the region. It was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, both indigenous and migratory. In 1987 it became a UNESCO World Heritage site and it remains ecologically important and equally sensitive. However, at this moment in time much of coastal Quintana Roo, Sian Ka’an included, is facing two significant environmental and socio-economic challenges. The first of these is the invasion of Sargassum, a marine macroalgae that is coating the once golden beaches.
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