Universidad del Valle de Mexico Students Build a Bioparque in Chiapas

New park will help educate children on the environment and attract tourists


Universidad del Valle de México Students Build a Bioparque in Chiapas

Neighbors of the Sabines community, located in the south- east of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, now have a new, completely organic Bioparque. This new concept of recreational space is being designed and built by students from Universidad del Valle de México Campus Tuxtla to help members of the community find balance with the environment and their quality of life.

In a meeting with locals citizens, UVM Campus Tuxtla students shared a model of the Bioparque, which was donated by the inhabitants of the Sabines community, and covers an area of four acres. The project will contribute to the reforestation of the area with local trees and plants and will use green technologies and renewable energy.

The first part of the Bioparque construction is building a covered multipurpose center, which will be constructed with environmentally friendly materials and will include benches, lighting, an irrigation system, signage for routes and trails, sports facilities (including soccer, volleyball and basketball), picnic tables or areas to play chess. It will also include special play areas for children.

The second part of the construction includes dining areas, grills for preparing food, a gazebo and two gardens planted with fruits and vegetables.

The third stage, according to Professor Nein Farrera Vazquez from UVM Campus Tuxtla, will include the installation of photovoltaic systems, "we are currently studying the potential to place a wind farm to electrify and illuminate the space." They will also install biogas digesters to produce biogas and biofertilizer. "For irrigation, they will install drip systems for growing trees and orchards for both," said the Farrera.

Spaces for recreation, entertainment, sports and family life are necessary for the health of the people, because they all contribute to improving quality of life. Add to this the focus on reducing the impact of urban life on the environment and the rationale for this site and similar sites throughout Mexico becomes very obvious.

According to Professor Farrera, the benefits to the inhabitants of the Sabines community, and elsewhere, are immeasurable. He believes the specific location is especially privileged because it will help water retention and regulate oxygen emission.

The Sabines community, where the Bioparque is located, includes approximately 1,200 inhabitants. The city of Tuxtla has a population of 503,320 inhabitants. "The Bioparque will be visited by tourists and we hope to be a model for other cities not only in Mexico but in other countries," said Professor Farrera.

The UVM Campus Tuxtla students that participated in the project are enrolled in programs in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Graphic Design, Management, Communication Sciences, Industrial Design, and Industrial Engineering. They were supported by professors Osbaldo García Ramos, Manuel Nango Solís, Joel Moreira Acosta and Pascual López de Paz, all under the leadership of Dr. Nein Farrera Vazquez.

This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.