Speakers at the Yucatan Annual Meeting – María del Rosario Bonifaz Alfonso

María del Rosario Bonifaz Alfonso serves as head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural History of the State of Chiapas. Born in Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas; July 24, 1957, she studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, his thesis: Defense of the Architectural and Urban Heritage of Comitan, Chiapas. With the Patronato Chiapas, Mejoramiento Integral de Poblados (Chiapas Trust, Integral Improvement of Towns), she carries out rescue works of Historical Centers in San Cristobal de las Casas, Comitan de Dominguez and Chiapa de Corzo; later she carried out postgraduate studies in Urban Development Projects at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Her professional experience includes the development of the Municipal Urban Development Plan in Comitán de Domínguez, while she served as Director of the Municipal Planning Institute of the same city. As Director of Urban Development in the Ministry of Public Works and Communications of the Government of the State of Chiapas, she carried out the Integral Program for Sustainable Urban Mobility (PIMUS) and the Integral Program for Urban Development of the Metropolitan Zone of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (PIDUZMTGZ); in both urban planning works, she highlights the fact of having considered the enclave of the city within the territory and in interrelation with the environment.

Currently, as head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural History of the State of Chiapas, she has promoted the restoration of ecosystems through the preservation of genetic material in scientific collections and assisted reproduction of endemic species, has promoted the protection, conservation and management to reduce the degradation and loss of natural habitats in the ANP’s (Areas Subject to Ecological Conservation), has instructed the development of Land Management Programs, among which highlights the MaRaCC, Map of Resilience to Climate Change. She has taken care of the transversality of the sector through inter-secretarial actions. She has implemented the State Strategy against Illegal Logging through operations and the promotion of forestry development. She has promoted sustainable rural development and participated with timber production for the Federal Program “Sembrando Vida” (Sowing Life). She has also undertaken the harmonization of the Environmental Laws of Chiapas and promoted clean energy through the implementation of photovoltaic systems for public lighting in the Metropolitan Zone of Tuxtla Gutierrez.