The book Atlas botánico mínimo de Santa María La Ribera takes a pioneer-like approach to the botanical environment of the barrio. Group tours of the barrio recorded the different species found in the area. The purpose is to share knowledge about the natural environment and about the species present in our urban setting to show the political importance of knowing, defending, and protecting such an environment.

The book focuses on 60 different species of trees, bushes, and plants that are not necessarily native to the Valley of Mexico, but have adapted or merged with the native botanical species of suburban areas. This list is a result of a visual identification by a group of neighbors in the Santa María La Ribera’s green areas, recorded at the end of 2016, and under the supervision of biologists Lourdes Cruz Terán and Iván Pérez Samayoa, members of Estanquillo el 32, a neighborhood organization. Based on the data collected, artist Mariana Magdaleno illustrated each species in watercolor, and linked them to cultural information that validates their scientific value or their medical use in traditional botany.

We hope this first book about Santa María La Ribera’s natural environment will encourage ecological awareness among our neighbors and will foster their direct and growing involvement in eco-sustainability and preservation, and better development policies in harmony with nature.

The book was coupled with an exhibit at the Museo de Geología that took place from February to May 2017.