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Cabo Pulmo endangered by Spanish Project

- Several environmental groups asked the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) to revoke permits for the Cabo Cortés project close to Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. They state it threatens the Cabo Pulmo reef, of great international importance and considered a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

“I 2008 Hansa Urbana obtained permission from SEMARNAT to begin the construction of a mega resort called Cabo Cortés, within the municipality of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. The project covers an area of 3,800 hectares, includes a 490 berth marina, two golf courses, up to 30,000 rooms and 5000 workers’ housing, that is almost as many rooms as Cancun,” said Greenpeace through a newsletter.

They mote that “this development is right beside Cabo Pulmo, a National Marine Park which is part of the list of Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, and in 2008 was listed in the RAMSAR Convention for the Protection of Wetlands of International Importance. Two years later, after a legal battle, SEMARNAT has decided that the initial authorization should not have been granted, this evidences the mistake made by the authority.”

They add: “We do not want SEMARNAT to modify the Cabo Cortés authorization, we want the project cancelled, as there are reasons far beyond the legal measures, that out Cabo Pulmo at risk.”