Chinampas: Aztec-style coastal protection being deployed in Mexico’s Veracruz

Famers in Mexico’s Veracruz have cleared large areas of mangroves in recent years that used to protect the coast, making the region defenseless against storms.

Now an ancient Aztec invention known as Chinampas – artificial islands made from mud and reeds – could save the area. Local environmental group, Pro Natura Sur hopes planting mangroves on the chinampas will help revive the area’s old ecosystem.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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