SEMARNAT Again Rejects Coastal Project That Threated Cabo Pulmo National Park
Carolina Herrera - Natural Resources Defense Council
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September 30, 2015
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In a win for Mexico's coral reefs, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) once more issued a resounding "NO" to the massive Cabo Cortés coastal tourism project that threatened Cabo Pulmo National Park.
Although the environmental permit for the controversial project was revoked in 2012, the company behind the scheme never abandoned a legal challenge aimed at reviving Cabo Cortés. As a result, last fall a tribunal court in Mexico City ordered SEMARNAT to revisit the decision by which the project's permits were withdrawn.
In effect this opened up the door for the project to potentially move forward again. SEMARNAT's latest decision, however, closes this door once more - this time definitively - and sends a clear signal that this type of proposal is simply not acceptable.
This is a cause for celebration, but it's also a reminder of how fragile our planet's marine ecosystems are and the perseverance and political will necessary to protect them from harmful practices and developments.
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