No more private beaches! Government will convert natural areas into protected and public parks
Published by EFE/David Guzmán on February 16, 2023
The Mexican government plans to convert more than 16,000 hectares of national reserves from the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) into public and protected natural parks. The move will provide citizens access to spaces “protected from profit” and help prevent the privatization of recreational spaces, according to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Fonatur land will become natural reserves in protected natural parks, said Obrador, with the primary purpose of protecting flora, fauna, and endangered species while enabling the population to enjoy the spaces. The third goal is to prevent the trafficking of the assets. The land is expected to obtain the category of “Protected Natural Areas” (ANP) within 180 business days.
The server has exposed a list of endemic species that will benefit from the declaration of the ANP. The move is expected to protect between 8 and 15 endangered species. Javier May Rodríguez, the director of Fonatur, specified that the identified hectares are distributed as follows: 66.80 in Baja California; 8 thousand 64 in Baja California Sur; 981 in Guerrero; 5,263 in Oaxaca; 115 in Quintana Roo and 1,921 in Sinaloa.
With this, the official supported López Obrador’s position and criticized the eradication of public beaches due to assets under Fonatur that “became privileges at the expense of the people.” Humberto Adán Peña Fuentes, head of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, confirmed the start of the evaluations so that the 16,000 hectares of Fonatur can be declared national parks.
The land sales practically ended with public beaches and the tourist business advanced without solving the poverty of the people, added Rodríguez. In the Mexican government’s current fourth transformation period (4T), they don’t want more private beaches, nor do they want more tourist developments at the expense of the suffering of the people. The beaches of Mexico belong to all and all Mexicans, Rodríguez continued.
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