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Government of Quintana Roo starts pilot project on Holbox to avoid plastic pollution

Holbox, Q.R. — The Government of Quintana Roo presented a pilot project that will see the island of Holbox avoid plastic pollution. The government, who is working with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), says the goal is to prevent plastic pollution in the Mexican Caribbean.

On Thursday, Carlos Joaquín, through the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment headed by Efraín Villanueva Arcos, chaired the work meeting within the framework of the pilot project on Holbox.

Eva Ringhof, the Director of Caribe Circular of the German Society for International Cooperation along with Rosaura Cuevas and Heliana Medina, also of GIZ, explained that they will provide technical support in the project to have an expert consultancy that produces a comprehensive waste management strategy appropriate to the needs of the island.

This strategy is relevant to align itself with the activities of the state of Quintana Roo in terms of management, prevention and circular economy, as well as to avoid the leak points of plastic waste in the Caribbean Sea.

The project with the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas began last October with the signing of a collaboration agreement that will have an effect on the actions implemented in the Caribe Circular project at a regional level.

The scope of the project covers, in addition to the preparation of a work plan to propose a comprehensive waste management strategy for Isla Holbox, the accompaniment of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas in the start-up and implementation of the strategy.

Caribe Circular has financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as co-financing from the European Union.

Regional exchange between the SICA countries and Mexico on environmental policy instruments and innovative approaches to waste management is promoted, the technical cooperation module makes a significant contribution to the Action Plan for Marine Protection and Sustainable Fisheries of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Action Plan on marine litter adopted by the G20 in 2017.