What is SEMARNAT?
The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) of Mexico is a department of the federal government responsible for promoting the protection, restoration and conservation of the country's ecosystems, natural resources, environmental goods and services, with the aim of promoting their sustainable use and its integral development.
SEMARNAT's main functions include:
- Environmental Policy: Formulate and conduct environmental and natural resources policy, seeking a balance between the use and conservation of natural resources.
- Regulation and Control: Regulate and ensure compliance with legal provisions regarding environmental protection. This includes the environmental impact assessment of development projects and the regulation of polluting substances.
- Ecosystem Conservation: Promote the conservation of ecosystems and the biodiversity of Mexico. This includes the creation and management of protected natural areas.
- Climate change: Develop and implement policies and strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
- Education and Social Participation: Promote environmental education and awareness, as well as social participation in environmental management.
- Sustainable development: Promote sustainable development through policies that integrate environmental criteria into economic and social development plans.
- Waste management: Regulate the generation, handling, treatment and final disposal of waste to minimize its impact on the environment.
- Protection of Natural Resources: Work on the conservation and sustainable management of resources such as water, soils and forests.
- International cooperation: Participate in international forums and agreements related to the environment and natural resources.
SEMARNAT plays a crucial role in preserving Mexico's natural heritage and promoting development practices that are sustainable and respectful of the environment.