Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mexico’s Congress seek to amend law on mangroves

Cancun, Q. Roo. | Monday February 18, 2013
Adriana Rods / correspondent | The Universal

The president of the Tourism Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodolfo Dorador announced that the modification of Article 60 in Law TER General Wildlife (LGVS), which protects mangroves in Mexico, at the request of employers, who argue that along with the Mexican Official Standard 059 which reclassified the mangrove category, inhibit the development of tourism and investment.

"Let's just get to 60 TER squarely to stop being an impediment and entrepreneurs can build in the mangroves," he said in the context of the meeting between representatives of the country's leading business organizations and members of the committees of Tourism of the House of Representatives and Senators, local legislators and members of the Legislative Council of Tourism (Conletur).

During the first day of formal activities XI National Tourism Forum, held in Cancun, the president of the Mexican Resort Development Association (AMDETUR) Romárico Arroyo Marroquin, was referred to the time when the legal framework allowed removing mangroves, offsetting the extent to reforest mangroves elsewhere (via mitigation).

Article 60 TER, which passed in February 2007, restricted development and use in wetland areas, namely, mangrove. This proposed amendment will alter this article.

"This is a single paragraph, probably the most adverse for tourism, as it hampers the activity," he said, adding that the wording of 60 TER is ambiguous and leaves room for discretion.

The businessman said there was no scientific evidence to support the emergence of the article that protects mangroves, although worldwide there is ample scientific studies realize its importance and its environmental, economic, social and security for coastal dwellers, asked not to misunderstand the request to make changes to the controversial articles.

"That is not going to cause problems," he said.

Taking the floor, the chairman of the Tourism Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodolfo Dorador, read the request from various business organizations, which asked the Legislature to do an "passionate analysis."

He acknowledged that he would personally review and promote the eventual amendment of Article cited for entrepreneurs "so they can get into the mangrove zones to build" because the current regulatory framework is affecting tourism development in the country because of the "ban" on the use of these same zones “mangle.”

The senator, Felix Gonzalez Canto, spoke in favor of the promotion of change and stressed that "in no way seeks to remove protection from the mangroves" or "harm the environment", but mainly to "improve" the corresponding legal framework.

Gonzalez Canto, governor of Quintana Roo, led a group of governors in issuing a nationwide call for change in the law back in in February 2007 to ask the then President, Felipe Calderon, to veto the adoption of reforms that led to 60TER; however, the same day the article came into force and was published in the Official Journal of the Federation.

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