The Vallarta Botanical Garden Recognized as a Natural Protected Area in Jalisco

Jorge Chávez
Sep. 7, 2023

In an exciting achievement for nature conservation in Jalisco, the Vallarta Botanical Garden has been recognized as a Natural Protected Area (ANP) by the Secretary of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET), who awarded it a certificate with the designation of State Area Voluntarily Dedicated to Conservation (AEDVC).

Located in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, this natural sanctuary covers 31.97 hectares of subdeciduous tropical forest. Not only is it a visual paradise for nature enthusiasts, but it also plays an important role in the collection, rescue, and reception of plant specimens, ensuring their legal origin and prosperity.

The Vallarta Botanical Garden houses a diverse collection of plants, including orchids, cacti, rhododendrons, and other fascinating botanical families. There have been recorded 248 plant species, 15 mammal species, 267 bird species, 29 reptile species, and 13 amphibian species, but it is estimated that many more inhabit and pass through the garden.

The recently granted status of Natural Protected Area (ANP) recognizes the critical importance of the Vallarta Botanical Garden in conserving biodiversity and providing essential environmental services. ANPs play a fundamental role in regulating land use, promoting productive practices that respect the environment, and ensuring the well-being of local communities. They also provide important opportunities for scientific research, opening doors to a deeper understanding of our natural environment.

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