Mérida launches new app to help users identify native flora

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera Concha demonstrates how to use ÁrbolMID app. Photo: file

At an event held at a park in Cholul, Mérida’s city hall unveiled a new application for mobile phones designed to help users identify a wide range of plant life native to Yucatán.

The application which is called ÁrbolMID, launched on Jan. 26 to coincide with world environmental education day.

The application, which is only available for Android devices, was developed by Mérida’s sustainable development office and FabCity, a local NGO focused on finding technological solutions for environmental problems.

Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera Concha praised the project and expressed confidence in his administration’s agenda to make the city greener and more sustainable.

The mayor also took the opportunity to announce that Mérida has become the first municipality in Mexico to include resources in its annual budget to combat climate change.

Both state and city governments have championed several sustainability efforts such as programs designed to promote the use of bicycles, urban gardening and recycling.

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