Sian Ka’an (CESiaK) Ecological Reserve, near Tulum, Mexico
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, A sublime area of natural beauty and home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, is a part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program. The reserve contains three large core zones where human activity is limited by permission to scientific research. These areas, known as the Zonas Nucleares of Muyil, Cayo Culebras, and Uaymil, cover a total area of almost 700,000 acres. Low-impact human activities and sustainable development occur in the area of the reserve known as the buffer zone. Sian Ka’an faces the greatest challenge of conservation: to find a way to integrate human activities without compromising other forms of life contained within its boundaries.
Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK) serves as a model for sustainable development in sensitive tropical ecosystems.