Published On: Tue, Feb 5th, 2019

The people from Bacalar become “Guardians of the Lagoon”

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The Office of Environmental Protection (PPA) issued an invitation for citizens to integrate this body of vigilance in the Magic Town of Bacalar, in order to extend its monitoring and surveillance network, in order to protect the lagoon of the Seven Colors.

Currently, this watch is made up of a group of Bacalarenses committed to caring for the environment, who have contributed with the report of some cases of attacks against the lagoon ecosystem, on the banks of the Cenote Azul and preservation actions, through the signaling of areas where, mangrove ecosystems, stromatolites and wetlands are found.

Locals seek to detonate ecotourism in the Maya zone that borders the “Siete Lagunas“. They are a group of citizens who work in an organized manner with the environmental authorities of the three levels of government, in order to stop attacks against the lagoon ecosystem, such as those registered recently.

William Ademar Figueroa Pérez, one of the members of the watch, recalled that they have carried out actions in vulnerable places such as the “Ecological Park”, which has mangroves, wetlands and important species such as the chivita snail and different types birds. He recalled that they have served as witnesses and followed up on a citizen’s complaint against the landfill on the shores of the Cenote Azul, which led to a sanction by the Attorney General for Environmental Protection. For this reason, these civil society groups are necessary.

According to local environmentalists, the lack of a normative document such as the Local Ecological Development Program (POEL) and the Urban Development Plan (PDU), which mark the guideline in the development of the town of Bacalar  as a tourist destination, makes necessary the conformation of citizen groups that raise their voices when there are attacks against the local natural attractions.

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