LOW CARBON GOAL Contribute to CO2 capturing and climate regulation by guaranteeing the conservation of our 315 hectares of mangrove forest and lowland jungle
Why does Moon Palace have a private nature reserve?
Being nestled within an area of 544 hectares of lowland deciduous jungle and wetlands brings great environmental responsibility to the Moon Palace complex, along with the need to adapt to climate change. For this reason, 88% of the property has retained its original natural characteristics–what’s more, 315 hectares of the area was awarded private natural reserve certification, now known as the “Moon Palace Private Reserve”, by the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) in 2013.
How does our nature reserve help to combat climate change?
The presence of coastal mangrove forest not only contributes to soil formation and the provision of habitat, feeding and reproduction sites for local wildlife, it also functions as a natural remedy to climate change. This healthy ecosystem acts as a “blue carbon sink”, capturing and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the ocean, and mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. Lowland jungle habitats also contribute to the carbon storage process as well as being a critical habitat for numerous species listed as endangered.
Moon Palace has formed an alliance with Cinvestav and the Mexican Carbon Program to carry out a project where the storage capacity of blue carbon and the amount of blue carbon captured in the Moon Palace Private Reserve is measured on a periodic basis. Putting the importance of the area into perspective, the mangrove area has been most recently assessed as having the capacity to store the equivalent carbon footprint left by almost 60,000 individuals annually.
In continually protecting habitats, developing biological studies, and contributing data for further environmental initiatives, we aim to achieve “Neutral Tourism”, whereby the debt caused by our carbon footprint is essentially ‘cancelled out’ by the conservation of this rich nature reserve.