The government highlights environmental progress in the Fifth Report
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The government highlights environmental progress in the Fifth Report

Cancún : Mexico | Sep 02, 2011 at 10:45 AM PDT
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The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) highlighted the progress on major development thrusts in the matter: sustainable water use, promoting the culture of care of forest resources, sustainable use of protected areas, energy and society participation in environmental justice in the Fifth Report of the government.The first issue, the government highlighted the investment of 27,000 million dollars so far in 2011, of which 60% went to the water supply, sewerage and sanitation, while the rest went to irrigation infrastructure and works for prevent flooding.According to the Consumer Perception Study on Environment and Sustainability, the research firm Nielsen, 93% of respondents in Mexico concerned about climate change and the effects such as water scarcity.In the forestry sector, the federal government reported an investment of 344 million pesos from January to July of this year ProÁrbol reforestation program."From 2007 to 2011 have been reforested 1.46 million hectares for commercial and restoration," said the owner of the Semarant, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, said in a statement.According to the Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) deforestation has fallen by 34% from 2005 to 2010 compared to the previous five years.Meanwhile, 2.5 million hectares operate under the system of payment for environmental services to landowners to promote the care of forests and woodlands.During the six years have been issued 3.5 million hectares of protected areas, 18% above the target.In the area of ​​energy, the fifth report notes that currently "the capacity of the country's electricity generation is formed in 73.6% of fossil fuels and 26.4% for clean energy."In 2009 published the Special Climate Change Program 2009-2012, in which Mexico agreed to meet next year to a total reduction of about 51 million tons of carbon dioxide. To achieve this goal, programs like Sustainable Light, through which you intend to change 47.2 million incandescent savers, mortgage and projects to promote savings in electricity and gas in homes.The second two months of 2011, the federal government recorded an advance of 66% in the target set for 2012 in this area.In late November 2010, the city of Cancun in southeastern Mexico, hosted the 16th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change United Nations, where Mexico promoted as the Cancun Agreements, "to build a new model where the economic growth, poverty eradication, social inclusion and environmental protection are compatible, "the report said.The report also highlights Mexico's participation in the COP 16 to negotiating to establish a Green Fund, which seeks to channel some 100.000 million for 2020 through the issuance of 'green credits' to offset the effects of climate change.

saadkhan is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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