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October 18: International Day for the Protection of Nature - Bustamante + Freyre

October 18: International Day for the Protection of Nature

October 18: International Day for the Protection of Nature

On October 18 of each year, we celebrate the International Day for the Protection of Nature, whose intention is to remind governments and international organizations of the importance of protecting and improving the environment. It emerged in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference, which for the first time established the issue of the environment as a global priority. It represented a historical moment and a particular way of addressing environmental issues.

In the Stockholm Declaration environmental issues were brought to the forefront of international concern and marked the beginning of a dialogue between industrialized and developing countries on the link between economic growth, air, water and ocean pollution and the well-being of people around the world.

Another specific result that was obtained was the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), responsible for coordinating international responses to environmental problems and promoting the adoption of environmental law through the mechanisms of public international law and developing action plans for priority areas.

This Declaration was the starting spark to raise environmental care to a priority level in the countries. Following this, the Brundtland report was published in 1987, which recorded for the first time the concept of Sustainable Development – defined as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”1, the Rio de Janeiro Summit was held in 1992 where the foundations were laid for the fight against climate change and facing the threats that loom over life on Earth, with a view to the 21st century. Derived from this, documents such as Agenda 21 emerge (a catalog of measures with a comprehensive approach to the most pressing environmental problems; likewise, two important conventions (climate change and biodiversity) and several regional and sectoral agreements (forests, fisheries) emerge.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development was organized in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002, which focused and prioritized its discussion on water and sanitation, energy, health, agricultural productivity, biodiversity and ecosystem management.

Likewise, the United Nations has adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Being the case that, through its objectives, the protection of nature is integrated, implying a common and universal commitment, in terms of sustainable development and conservation.

In Mexico, the protection of our natural resources is a priority, since our country is a Megadiverse country with immense natural wealth, protecting them is a clear necessity. We have a robust legal framework, but our greatest challenge continues to be the application and compliance of laws, regulations and the strengthening of our institutions.

Under this context, at Bustamante + Freyre we reaffirm our environmental commitment, in the development and application of legislation that adapts to the changing needs of the current environment, as well as the adoption of the highest standards and practices in the matter to achieve true protection. environmental environment.


1Brundtland Report: