CEMEX celebrates Earth Day with reintroduction of American bison in El Carmen Nature Reserve - CEMEX celebrates Earth Day with reintroduction of American bison in El Carmen Nature Reserve
April 22, 2019
- AES Mexico and the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature participate in a joint initiative.
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today, as part of the Earth Day celebration, the reintroduction of the American bison into El Carmen Nature Reserve thanks to a joint initiative between AES Mexico, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), and CEMEX.
The Earth Day 2019 theme is “Protect Our Species,” with the objective of promoting the protection of endangered and threatened species. The American bison is currently on the list of endangered species in Mexico. Some of the threats that bison face for their recovery are the loss of habitat due to the expansion of agricultural developments and overgrazing by livestock.
In Mexico, there is only one herd of genetically pure bison, and it is located at Rancho El Uno in Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico. The herd is managed by the FMCN. During a three-year period, this joint initiative is intended to translocate 60 specimens from Rancho El Uno to El Carmen Natural Reserve for management purposes, population increase, and expansion of this important species’ distribution. The reintroduction of American bison into El Carmen will initiate the conservation of the second herd of this species in Mexico and will be carried out in coordination with the FMCN and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
El Carmen Natural Reserve is a private transboundary conservation area in Mexico and the United States that comprises five different ecosystems and is home to a myriad species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Its main objectives are the recovery of native fauna through the management and protection of populations and their habitat, as well as the reintroduction of several species extinct in the region. The reintroduction of bison will be added to other reintroduction projects that CEMEX has sponsored such as the pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep.
“The American bison is an emblematic species of grassland ecosystems in northern Mexico. It is a key piece in the operation and conservation of these unique and majestic natural spaces,” said Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig, CEO of Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature.
"With the enormous challenge that the reintroduction of the bison represents, CEMEX increases its legacy of biodiversity conservation in El Carmen Natural Reserve and shows how partnerships between companies and conservation organizations can create a better future for our planet," said Vicente Saiso, CEMEX Director of Sustainability.
About AES Mexico
AES Mexico is a subsidiary of AES Corporation (a Fortune 500 company), which works in the power generation sector to provide sustainable solutions to the energy challenges of the country. AES Mexico has a broad portfolio of energy solutions that cover traditional generation methods, as well as new technologies such as energy storage, wind and solar energy. AES Mexico has a commitment to guarantee excellence in all its operations and improve lives by accelerating a more secure and sustainable energy future. For more information, please visit: www.aesmex.com
About the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN)
The FMCN is a private, non-profit organization, which finances and strengthens strategic actions and projects to conserve Mexico´s natural heritage. Founded in 1994, its mission is to build a better future for Mexico through resource mobilization, building partnerships, and the constant search for innovative conservation mechanisms and tools. FMCN is one of the largest and most effective environmental funds in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, please visit: https://fmcn.org/
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