MOJA promotes the conservation of the Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) and its habitat, by establishing a conservation center in the National Park of Xochimilco. Mexico city holds one of the most emblematic ecosystems, with a high social and biological value, the National Park of Xochimlco and San Gregorio Atlapulco, which in turn, is also a RAMSAR site. This zone, alongside with Mexico city’s historical Center were designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
Nowadays, this wetland faces many environmental and social problems that drive it to its degradation, mainly: off springs drying, polluted water channels, pesticides and agricultural chemicals usage and overpopulation.
We’re establishing a Conservation Center, it will be a place for the studying, conservation and propagation of native flora and fauna species. This is a step for helping the wetland conservation and it will be supported by other activities, like reforestation and biological monitoring. This conservations center will be also a place for training local people about sustainable agriculture.
Xochimilco wetlands are habitat for species like the Axolotl and the Mexican Waterlily
It has an area of 1,700 sqm, it’s located into the National Park of Xochimilco and San Gregorio Atlapulco and it has a nursery for forestry and native species production. It has a space for an orchard for the training sessions and it's equipped with a rainwater collection system that holds up to 30,000 L.
Mexican Axolotl conservation
By establishing an Environmental Management Unit, we plan to support the study, reproduction and reintroduction of this species into the wetlands. Axolotl conservation also helps to the conservation of different species.
Vegetal species conservation
We work on propagation plans for native vegetal species like the Mexican Waterlily (Nymphaea mexicana) and the Flame Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides), both, threatened species. Besides, we propagate Salix bonplandiana, an emblematic forestry species for this zone.
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