Did you know that… Mexico is one of the first most mega-diverse countries in the world?

In the world there are 12 countries considered mega-diverse and together they have about 70 percent of the total species of flora and fauna on Earth. Among them is Mexico; in addition to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

According to data from the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio), according to the following classification, Mexico occupies these places: second in reptile species (846), third in mammals (564), fifth in amphibians (376 ) and vascular plants (21 thousand 989), as well as the eleventh in birds (1150).

Among the characteristics shared by mega-diverse countries are: being in tropical zones, having a diversity of landscapes, being isolated and; the larger the size, the greater the diversity of both landscapes and species; in addition to the fact that some have regions where species with different evolutionary history are mixed.

In 2002, the Group of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries (GPMA) was created in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo; it serves as a mechanism for consultation and cooperation to promote actions of awareness, preservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

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