Three agencies received recommendations to repair environmental damage after issuing building permits in Tulum’s protected area

Tulum, QR – Three government agencies received recommendations to repair ecological damage after granting hotel project permits. According to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), authorities from Semarnat, Profepa and Semar were aware of the potential environmental damage, but granted the permits anyway.

The CNDH says government agencies authorized two projects for Grupo Posadas which built a hotel on “important for biodiversity” beaches in the municipality of Tulum, despite knowledge of the impact.

CNDH says government cleared projects despite being aware of damage

They detail that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) and the Federal Prosecutor for Environmental Protection (Profepa) are responsible for human rights violations in a healthy environment, legal certainty, due process and access to justice for actions and omissions aimed at guaranteeing the protection and preservation of the beaches of Chemuyil and Chemuyilito in the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Protected Natural Areas Reserve .

The CNDH says it has received complaints regarding omissions and irregularities committed by Semarnat and Semar for the authorization of works related to the projects for the improvement and stabilization of the seaside areas and the marina of Chemuyil and Chemuyilito bays (project 1) and complementary works for the development of tourist services (project 2) in the Mexican Caribbean, next to the Xcacel-Xcacelito marine turtle sanctuary, as well as the absence of inspection and surveillance measures.

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