Aguascalientes is expressing a renewed energy in caring for, recuperating, and expanding its urban forests and public green spaces in order to support biodiversity and provide its citizens access to nature and environmental education. In 2018, Bosque de los Cobos was named a Protected Natural Area, covering a forested area of 115 hectares south of the city. Concurrent with the efforts in Parque de los Cobos and other forests throughout the city, La Pona Park was expanded by over 11 hectares and large areas within the park also received the designation of Protected Natural Area. Additional aspects of Aguascalientes’ plan to care for their urban forests include sustainability criteria within their urban development plan (which also includes a goal of planting over 400,000 new trees), a master plan to develop parks along their rivers, as well as a well-articulated municipal environmental plan.
These steps allow the municipal government of Aguascalientes to foster strong coordination between government agencies and support native species and biodiversity within the city’s parks so that these areas can continue to thrive and be enjoyed by all. As a Cities4Forests member, Aguascalientes plans to work closely with Cities4Forests to ensure that its plans to protect its urban forests are strong today and into the future.
The Mayor of Aguascalientes, Tere Jiménez, has made the care of the environment a priority of her administration. The administration is proud to be planting trees throughout the city, promoting environmental education policies, and protecting additional green areas. Read more about some of this administration’s recent accomplishments here and here.
Mayor of Cali, Mayor of Aguascalientes
In Aguascalientes there are over 160 public parks and gardens. These public spaces, along with street trees and protected natural areas, help improve the quality of life for Aguascalientes’ residents by providing them with spaces to interact with nature and to enjoy recreation and athletic activities. In addition to the benefits of being surrounded by nature, the trees in the inner forests are important tools to combat environmental issues such as by improving air quality and reducing temperatures within the city.
Aguascalientes is surrounded by a plethora of nearby forests that provide immense benefits to the municipality and its citizens, including Cerro del Muerto, Sierra Fría, Cerro de los Gallos, Sierra del Laurel, El Sabinal, Cerro Juan Grande. The municipality of Aguascalientes recognizes the importance of these forests in giving its residents access to nature, acting as sources of ecotourism, and serving as green boundaries that prevent urban sprawl.