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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 and Natural Resources, is a member of the federal executive cabinet and is appointed by the President of Mexico. In September 2020, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appointed María Luisa Albores González as Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, the third person to occupy the post since López Obrador became President less than two years earlier in December 2018.

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 Secretariat 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:

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

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

List of secretaries

Secretary Years of Appointment
Secretariat of Fisheries (SEPESCA)
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 December 1, 2000 – June 23, 2003
Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez[1] June 23, 2003 – 2005
José Luis Luege Tamargo 2005–November 30, 2006
Juan Rafael Elvira Quezada[2] December 1, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Juan José Guerra Abud December 1, 2012 – August 27, 2015
Rafael Pacchiano Alamán August 27, 2015 – November 30, 2018
Josefa González Blanco Ortiz Mena December 1, 2018 – May 25, 2019
Víctor Manuel Toledo May 27, 2019 — September 2, 2020[3]
María Luisa Albores September 2, 2020 – present[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Perfil: Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez" (in Spanish). El Universal. 24 Nov 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Este fue el gabinete de Felipe Calderón". (in Spanish). Capital México. Feb 6, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ Diana Benítez (Sep 2, 2020). "AMLO alista decreto para prohibir glifosato; oficializa salida de Víctor Toledo" [AMLO enlists decree to ban glyphosate; official departure from Victor Toledo]. 24 Horas (in Spanish). Retrieved Sep 2, 2020.