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CEMEX celebrates Earth Day

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As part of Earth Day celebrations, CEMEX has announced the reintroduction of American bison into the El Carmen Nature Reserve. This is thanks to a joint initiative between AES Mexico, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), and CEMEX.

The theme of Earth Day 2019 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 livestock.

In Mexico, there is only one herd of genetically pure bison, which is located at Rancho El Uno in Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico. The herd is managed by FMCN. During a three year period, this joint initiative is intended to translocate 60 specimens from Rancho El Uno to the El Carmen Nature Reserve, for management purposes, population increase, and the 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.

The El Carmen Nature Reserve is a private transboundary conservation area in Mexico and the US that comprises five different ecosystems and is home to 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 that are 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 and ecosystems in northern Mexico,” said Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig, CEO of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature. “It is a key piece in the operation and conservation of these unique and majestic natural species.”

“With the enormous challenge that the reintroduction of the bison represents, CEMEX increases its legacy of biodiversity conservation in El Carmen Nature Reserve and shows how partnerships between companies and conservation organisations can create a better future for our planet,” said Vincente Saiso, Director of Sustainability at CEMEX.

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