Posted by Dave Collins on February 24, 2007, 12:16 am
And here follows the rest of the "Official Denunciation" letter to save the coastal mangrove zone between La Manzanilla and Boca de Iguanas....|
As well, the cumulative environmental impacts of these construction projects are affecting, and will negatively affect, the habitats for refuge, roosting, and feeding of the following aquatic and terrestrial birds also cited in NOM-059-ECOL-2001 and found in the La Manzanilla mangrove: Least Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma microsoma), Least Grebe (Tachypatus dominicus), Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), Mangrove Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus), Heermann´s Gull (Larus heermanni), Elegant Tern (Sterna elegans), Orange-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga canicularis), and Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis); In addition, the following species’ nesting grounds will be effected: Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius), Green-backed Heron (Butorides virescens) and Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga).
Furthermore, in light of many of the construction projects in the La Manzanilla/Boca de Iguanas coastal mangrove zone—from small palaces to substantial houses, the majority of which are inhabited by temporary residents—that SEMARNAT is treating as “one-family dwellings”, we request that SEMARNAT officially declares what exactly is meant by this term. It seems that the lack of criteria surrounding this term is leading to environmental overuse, and in some cases, abuse.
In addition to the supposed “one-family dwellings”, the other principal concern is the construction of condominium units bordering the mouth of the mangrove exactly at its point of confluence with the ocean, violating the aforementioned presidential decree and the Ecological Ordinance Plan of of the Costalegre by:
1. Compromising of the integrability of the hydrologic flow of the mangrove.
We request that this project as well be halted until it is reviewed by appropriate authorities who can comment on its viability regarding environmental impacts that have been thus generated, and will continue to be generated if it is allowed to continue.
In sum, we are concerned that if the current residential and tourist development is allowed to continue without restrictions, the zone of La Manzanilla, Boca de Iguanas, and Tenacatita Bay in general (one of the five biggest bays in Mexico) will confront the following environmental risks:
1. Proliferation of uncontrolled urban developments that undermine the sustainable development of Tenacatita Bay.
With the best future interests of the citizens, and of the environment, of La Manzanilla, we submit this urgent request for an immediate halting of all coastal development between the beach and the mangrove of La Manzanilla and Boca de Iguanas. The current developments pose a grave threat not only to the fragile dune and mangrove ecosystems and the threatened wildlife that inhabit them, but as well to the future prosperity of the citizens of La Manzanilla. The mangrove and beach dunes of La Manzanila are critical wildlife habitat. This means that they are a sustainable source of tourism dollars for many years to come. As well, the mangrove protects La Manzanilla from catastrophic hurricanes and floods, ensures a healthy fishery, and maintains water quality in Tenacatita bay due to its natural filtering effects.
Please help us protect one of Mexico´s richest and rarest coastal zones from destructive development, and help us insure sustainability of this fragile ecoregion. Please immediately halt all destructive coastal development between the beach and mangrove of La Manzanilla and Boca de Iguanas until official inspections are made by appropriate authorities, and environmental impact statements are made public to the concerned citizens of these communities.
To confirm this denunciation, and for accompaniment to the noted sites, you can contact Natalia Uribe Morfín at (315) 351-7146, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The address is Paraíso 15, corner of María Asunción, La Manzanilla, Jalisco. La Manzanilla is located at km. 14 on Highway 200 from Melaque to Puerto Vallarta, and its beach belongs to the grand Tenacatita Bay.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and prompt response.
Dave Collins Gabriela de la Vega Dorrie Woodward Natalia Uribe
Sebastián Ambriz Víctor Amescua Pablo Martínez del C. Mercedes
Kimberly Mason Miguel Martinez Ma. De Jesús Mtnez. Juli Julian Wagner
Norma Rejall Ani Mac
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