Mexico City, Feb 3 (EFE).- Mexico has 5 percent of all the mangroves in the world and is the country with the fourth-largest extension of that ecosystem, surpassed only by Indonesia, Brazil and Australia, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat said.
"Mexico has wetlands, lakes, rivers, oases, estuaries, coral reefs and mangroves - the latter represent 5 percent of the world's total," the secretariat said in a statement.
Mexico is fourth on the list of 125 countries and territories that possess this ecosystem.
During the celebration of World Wetlands Day on Sunday, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Jose Guerra Abud said mangrove forests are home to great biodiversity in Mexico and play an important role in the environment, which makes their protection a priority for the current administration.
The secretariat is working to guarantee the care and protection of all ecosystems, so that all analyses and authorizations of projects that affect mangrove areas are done with strict observance of environmental laws, Guerra Abud said.
The official asked that the public report to the federal environmental protection agency any irregularity that affects mangroves, such as the introduction of exotic species into Mexican territory.