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Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Sian Ka'an
Map showing the location of Sian Ka'an
Location in Mexico
Location Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Area 780,000 acres (3,200 km2)
Established 1986
Type Natural
Criteria vii, x
Designated 1987 (11th session)
Reference no. 410
State Party Mexico
Region Latin America and the Caribbean
Designated November 27, 2003[1]

Sian Ka'an is a biosphere reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It was established in 1986 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.[2]

With the participation of scientists, technicians, students, fishermen, farmers, rural promotors and administrators, together with regional and international partners, have successfully carried out more than 200 conservation projects basing all conservation actions on scientific and technical information for planning and implementing environmental policies and the proposal of viable solutions for sustainable use of natural resources and focusing their efforts established within eight protected natural areas that include the reefs of Banco Chinchorro, and Xcalak at South of Quintana Roo, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cancun, the island of Cozumel that is located in front of Xcaret and Contoy Island up North, covering 780,000 acres (3,200 km2). These areas lie in parts of all seven Caribbean Sea coastal municipalities of the state, with the largest part being in eastern Felipe Carrillo Puerto Municipality, where the vast majority of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve lies.

Part of the reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. The reserve has an area of 5,280 km2.[3]

The reserve also includes some 23 known archaeological sites of the Maya civilization[2] including Muyil.

Within the Amigos de Sian Ka'an project objectives are the identification, protection and management of additional areas with high biodiversity value as well as those critical for maintenance of the life cycles of endangered, threatened and migratory species in the Riviera Maya and providing environmental education through books, journals and pamphlets and giving technical assistance and training to Mayan communities working with ecotourism.

Species in Sian Ka'an

A list of some of the species recorded in Sian Ka'an:[4]


  1. ^ "Ramsar List". Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "About Sian Ka'an". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sian Ka'an - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sian Ka'an". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

External links

  • Espacio Natura Tour Operator to Sian Ka'an.
  • Jeep Safari Sian Ka'an for more information & tours. Jeep Safari PHOTOS
  • Ecocolors Sian Ka'an Tours Ecotours in the Biosphere Reserve
  • Amigos de Sian Ka'an/Friends of Sian Ka'an (bilingual) conservation group
  • Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an in English and Spanish
  • Photos Sian Ka'an at (Spanish)
  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere reserve
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