Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Mexico)

The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (in Spanish: Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, SEMARNAT) is Mexico's environment ministry. Its head, the Secretary of the Environment, is a member of the federal executive cabinet and is appointed by the President of the Republic. In 2018, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appointed Josefa González-Blanco Ortiz Mena as Minister of the Environment.[1]

The Secretariat is charged with the mission of protecting, restoring, and conserving the ecosystems, natural resources, assets and environmental services of Mexico with the goal of fostering sustainable development.


The Secretari of Environment and Natural Resources of México is the Secretary of State to which, according to Law of Federal Public Administration in its Article 32a, corresponds to the release of the following functions:

  • Promote the protection, restoration and conservation of ecosystems, natural resources, goods and environmental services, to help monitor their use and insure sustainable development.
  • Develop and implement a national policy on natural resources, in such that the administration of such policy is not borne by state and local governments, nor by individuals and corporations.
  • Promote environmental management within the national territory, in coordination with federal, state and municipal governments, and with participation from the private sector.
  • Evaluate and providencie determination to the environmental impact statements for development projects submitted for public, social and private decision on the environmental risk studies, as well as programs for the prevention of accidents with ecological impact.
  • Implement national policies on climate change and protection of the ozone layer.
  • Direct work and studies on national meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geohydrological systems, and participate in international conventions on these subjects.
  • Regulate and monitor the conservation of streams, lakes and lagoons of federal jurisdiction in protected watersheds, and protect the environment.

To carry out these functions, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources has the following Undersecretaries:

  • Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy
  • Undersecretary for Environmental Protection Management
  • Undersecretary of Environmental Regulation
  • Undersecretary of Finance of Mexico

These Undersecretaries are then charged with the operation of the following units of the SEMARNAT:

  • National Water Commission
  • National Institute in Ecology
  • Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection
  • National Commission of Natural Protected Areas
  • National Forestry Commission
  • Mexican Institute of Water Technology
  • National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity

List of Secretaries

Secretary Years of Appointment
Secretariat of Fisheries
Fernando Rafful Miguel 1982
Pedro Ojeda Paullada 1982–1988
María de los Angeles Moreno 1988–1991
Guillermo Jiménez Morales 1991–1994
Secretariat of the Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries (SEMARNAP)
Julia Carabias Lillo 1994–2000
Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)
Víctor Lichtinger 2000–2004
Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez 2004–2005
José Luis Luege Tamargo 2005–2006
Juan Rafael Elvira Quezada 2006–2012
Juan José Guerra Abud 2012–2015
Rafael Pacchiano Alamán 2015–2018
Josefa González Blanco Ortiz Mena 2018–May 25, 2019
Víctor Manuel Toledo 2018–May 27, 2019 — present[2]

See also


  1. AMLO's cabinet secretaries After a scandal in which she was involved, Secretary Gonzales Blanco resigned, and President Andres Manuel López Obrador appointed Victor Manuel Toledo as the new headline accessed 18 March 2019
  2. "Víctor Manuel Toledo, el nuevo titular de la Semarnat: AMLO" [Víctor Manuel Toledo, new head of Semarnat: AMLO], El Sol de Mexico (in Spanish), May 27, 2019, retrieved Sep 21, 2019
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.