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 Mexico 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:
Promote the protection, restoration and conservation of ecosystems, natural resources, goods and environmental services, to help monitor their use and insure sustainable development.
Develop and implement a national policy on natural resources, in such that the administration of such policy is not borne by state and local governments, nor by individuals and corporations.
Promote environmental management within the national territory, in coordination with federal, state and municipal governments, and with participation from the private sector.
Evaluate and provide determination to the environmental impact statements for development projects submitted for public, social and private decision on the environmental risk studies, as well as programs for the prevention of accidents with ecological impact.
Implement national policies on climate change and protection of the ozone layer.
Direct work and studies on national meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geohydrological systems, and participate in international conventions on these subjects.
Regulate and monitor the conservation of streams, lakes and lagoons of federal jurisdiction in protected watersheds, and protect the environment.
To carry out these functions, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources has the following Undersecretaries:
Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy
Undersecretary for Environmental Protection Management
Undersecretary of Environmental Regulation
Undersecretary of Finance of Mexico
These Undersecretaries are then charged with the operation of the following units of the SEMARNAT: