Tulum 1997 Declaration

The Mesoamerican Reef System presents one of the most viable and transcendent opportunities on the planet to execute a multinational conservation project on an ecosystem of global relevance. The four countries that make it up, aware of this importance, met in 1997 to build an initiative that would highlight the ecological values of the MBRS and the importance of its conservation.

On June 5, 1997, World Environment Day, in the City of Tulum Quintana Roo, Mexico, the Presidents of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and the Prime Minister of Belize signed an agreement known as the Tulum Declaration. This agreement promoted the conservation of the reef system through its sustainable use, the establishment of links of joint work between authorities and promoted the development of cooperation programs and projects, setting a historical precedent in conservation matters.