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Three agencies given recommendations to repair environmental damage after issuing building permits in protected Tulum area

Tulum, Q.R. — Three government agencies have been given recommendations to repair ecological damage after granting hotel project permits. According to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) of Mexico, authorities from Semarnat, Profepa and Semar were aware of the potential environmental damage, but granted the permits anyway.

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

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

The CNDH says they received complaints about omissions and irregularities committed by Semarnat and Semar for authorizing work related to the Improvement and Stabilization of Beach Areas projects and Marina of the Bays of Chemuyil and Chemuyilito (project 1) and complementary works for the Development of Tourist Services (project 2) within the Mexican Caribbean, adjacent to the Xcacel-Xcacelito Sea Turtle Sanctuary, as well as the lack of inspection and surveillance measures.