MILA (Manejo Integral de Lirio Acuático).

Informative Note: Benefits of Continuing the Ecological Restoration Program in the Estero de San Pancho

June 5, 2024, World Environment Day.

Dear members of the San Pancho community,

To celebrate the Worlds Environment Day, I would like  to share with you the progress and benefits of the ecological restoration program that we have implemented in the Estero de San Pancho, known as the MILA project (Comprehensive Management of Aquatic Lillies  & Lettuce), and to highlight the importance of continuing with these actions in the current drought context.

Since 2010, our continued efforts have been a fundamental pillar for the conservation and recovery of the coastal wetland. These actions have not only received national recognition, including significant support from the Senate of the Republic, but have also had the consensus and support of municipal, state and federal authorities.

Benefits of the Ecological Restoration Program:

Conservation of Water Resources:

In times of drought, the elimination of lechuguilla, which consumes large amounts of water, is crucial. By controlling this invasive species, we help preserve the volume of water in the estuary, a vital resource for our community.

Biodiversity Maintenance:

The estuary is a natural nursery for numerous marine species, many of which spend an essential part of their life cycle in this ecosystem before returning to the sea. Estuary restoration ensures that these species have a healthy habitat to thrive.

Climate Regulation:

Wetlands play a crucial role in regulating local climate, mitigating the effects of climate change through carbon storage and stabilization of temperature and humidity.

Learning and Community Strengthening:

The MILA project is not only about environmental conservation; It is also an opportunity for community learning and strengthening social ties. Through this program, we have developed local capacities in ecosystem management and fostered a culture of sustainability.

Compliance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Our actions directly contribute to several SDGs, including the protection of underwater life (SDG 14), sustainable water management (SDG 6), and climate action (SDG 13).

In a second year of severe drought, it is more important than ever to continue our restoration actions. Leaving the estuary is not a viable solution; It would be a significant setback for conservation efforts and a waste of the learning and achievements achieved in more than a decade of work. Restoring the estuary is an arduous task, but essential for the well-being of our natural environment and future generations.

We invite the community, organizations and companies to join this effort. Your support is vital to maintaining and expanding the restoration and conservation activities that ensure a sustainable future for San Pancho.

For more information and ways to get involved, visit our website: -pancho/programa-guardianas-y-heroes-del-estero-2024.

We appreciate your attention and continued commitment to the preservation of our beloved estuary.


Luis E. Morales


San Pancho A.C. Bird Observatory

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