• Former Secretary Kerry highlighted the draft decree to declare the Revillagigedo Islands a National Marine Park to enable the Mexican government to protect the species living there.

President Enrique Peña Nieto and former US Secretary of State John Kerry held a telephone call this morning in which they exchanged views on biological diversity issues, particularly the protection of marine life.

Former Secretary Kerry acknowledged Mexico’s compliance with the Aichi Targets, specifically the one concerning marine surface protection (10%), which it has more than doubled, by establishing 70 million hectares of protected areas in marine areas (nearly 23%), as well as fishing refuge zones. He also highlighted the draft decree to declare Revillagigedo Islands a National Marine Park.

During the conversation, the president reaffirmed the Mexican government’s commitment to biodiversity. He said that once it is declared a National Park, Revillagigedo will be the largest protected area in the Americas and as a non-fishing area, this region comprising nearly 14.8 million hectares will become an incubator and sanctuary for marine species.

The decree will guarantee strict protection by establishing the prohibition of fishing as a fundamental principle in the entire polygon. It will attract national and international financing to be allocated to its management and surveillance.

The Revillagigedo Archipelago is located south of the Baja California Peninsula. It comprises the Socorro, San Benedicto, Roca Partida and Clarión islands. On October 5, within the framework of the summit “Our Ocean: An Ocean for Life ", in Malta, the Mexican government announced that it will declare the Archipelago a Marine National Park.