October 21, 2015.
El Carmen is a private trans-boundary conservation area—encompassing deserts, grasslands, forests, and other biodiversity rich ecosystems—located along the border between Mexico and the United States.
Among one of the five great wilderness ecosystems of the world, El Carmen is home to more than 1,500 species of plants, 289 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, and 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. The area is considered a global hotspot for biodiversity protection and is recognized as a trans-boundary ecosystem of global importance.
For the benefit of El Carmen’s invaluable ecosystem, since 2000, CEMEX has purchased over 140,000 hectares of land and has entered into conservation agreements with adjoining private landowners for an additional 30,000 hectares.
We have also established a hands-on, field-based operation on both sides of the international border, giving priority to scientific work, habitat restoration, and wildlife management programs. One of the highlights of our work is the re-introduction of the desert bighorn sheep to the region.
We greatly appreciate the cooperation and strong partnership that we have with Noble Group in the operation and conservation efforts at El Carmen and with NGOs, governments, universities, and private landowners to help protect this unique ecosystem for present and future generations.
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