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EcOlOgical Sustainability

Bahias de Huatulco is one of the largest ecosystems in Mexico.

Large portions of the Bahias de Huatulco resort area are located within an "ecological zone"; much of the area is protected from future development, and the area is serviced by modern water and sewage treatment plants so that no waste goes into its pristine bays. Huatulco has been awarded the Green Globe certification, and is the only resort in Mexico to receive this prestigious award (Green Globe is the worldwide benchmarking and certification system for the travel and tourism industry across the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental management).

Fonatur, the Mexican government development and tourism promotion agency, also designed Huatulco as the greenest of the country's five new resort areas. Biologists and wildlife experts have documented 413 plant species, 130 species and subspecies of mammals, 291 species or birds, 72 species of reptiles and 15 amphibian species, as well as fish and shellfish that live in the sea. It is an astonishing accomplishment for the area.