Mexico City is hosting a meeting to create mechanisms to preserve the monarch butterflies and their hibernation habitat located in central Mexico in an area known as the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt Pine Oak forests.
Every year millions of butterflies offer a wonderful natural spectacle when they perform their annual migration across North America. Officials and representatives of nongovernmental organizations from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada are taking part in this meeting to protect this natural phenomenon.
Monarchs travel 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) each year to reach the central Mexican state of Michoacan, in search of refuge from the cold sweeping the U.S. and Canada, where they live during the summer. When they finally reach their warm destination they occupy about 56,000 hectares of the reserve from October–March.
The reduction in the population of monarch butterflies has alarmed environmentalists, who have warned the reduced numbers are due to the use of pesticides, illegal logging and climate change.