9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida

By Marti Johnson

Last month I had the privilege to attend the 9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida with the generous sponsorship of Akumal Villas and support from Mary Henderson, Ixchel Boutique and the Lol Ha Friday Happy Hour gang, and some Jen (Turtle Bay) fairy dust! The reason I wished to attend was a focus on Mexico and water.....so important. This is a link to my report through the Akumal Villas website www.akumal-villas.com/index.php Basically, it is my notes for the day with comments and thoughts.
Or you can click here to open the PDF.

The key thing I wanted to hear was that the federal government is committed to protecting the fresh water of the underground river system. President Calderon addressed the protection of water and mangroves in an earlier speech during opening ceremonies and was quoted by the CONAGUA presenter during the morning keynote panel. The SEMARNAT presenter specified the underground rivers in the Yucatan. Throughout the day was the constant theme of climate change pointing to maintaining biospheres, forests, jungles, watersheds, wilderness places and species.

Recently Paul Sanchez-Navarro posted that 8000 hectares of jungle were slated to come down as part of the development plans for the region. If you feel as if there is something you must do, try this: send a message to President Calderon through his website http://contacto.presidencia.gob.mx/contacto/

Below is a list of other government officials to write to.....Below is the message I sent:

Regarding the Copenhagen conference, and referencing WILD9, I urge you to do all that is in your power to halt the planned destruction of jungle and mangrove in Quintana Roo. Between the mangrove, the underground water beneath the jungle, and the Mesoamerican reef, the far reaching impact of the devastation that will be wrought in the name of development dollars is criminal. Please honor the pledges you made during WILD9, be the visionaries and leaders the world needs at this time.

A concerned world citizen
Marti Johnston

Who you can write to:

Lic. Felipe Calderon Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos
Constitutional President of México
Residencia Presidencial de los Pinos
Puerto Central, Primer Piso
Colonial San Miguel Chapultepec
Mexico, DF CP 11850
Tel: 555-522-4117
Email: oficina.presidencia@pres.gob.mx

Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
Secretaria del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)
Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources
Lateral de Anillo Periférico Sur 4209, 6 Piso
Fraccionamiento Jardines de la Montana
Delegación Tlalpan
México, DF CP 14210
Tel: 555-628-0602
Fax: 555-628-0643
Email:  c.secretario@semarnat.gob.mx

 . Dr. Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich
Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP)
National Commission of Natural Protected Areas
Camino al Ajusco No. 200
Col. Jardines en la Montaña
Delegación Tlalpan
México, DF CP 14210
Tel. 555-449-7000
Tel: 555-449-7001
Fax: 555-449-7025
Email: enkerlin@conanp.gob.mx

Fernández Bremauntz Adrian Alfredo
Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE)
National Institute of Ecology
Calle: Periférico 5000, Col. Insurgentes Cuicuilco
Delegación Coyoacán
México, DF CP 04530
Tel: 555-424-6418
Email: presiden@ine.gob.mx

Félix González Canto
Gobierno del Estado de Quintana Roo
Governor of the State of Quintana Roo
Palacio de Gobierno
Av. 22 de Enero No. 001 Col. Centro
Chetumal, Quintana Roo
México, CP 77000
Tel: 983-835-0500 Extensión: 1177
Email: gobernador@qroo.gob.mx

Kermith Zapata
Journalist for Respuesta
Reportero para el diario Respuesta.
Calle 1ra sur, manzana 227 lote 2, colonia ejidal
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Mexico CP
Teléfono Diario Respuesta: 984-206-2000
Teléfono Kermith Zapata: 984-132-9751
Email: kermithz@hotmail.com

Ing Francisco Javier Días
Secretaria de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente (SEDUMA)
Secretary of Urban Development and Environment.
Av. Efraín Aguilar # 418
Chetumal, Quintana Roo
Mexico, CP 77000
Tel: 983-832-4108, 129-3317, 129-3318
Fax: numero anterior extensión 138
Email: agusvb7@hotmail.com

Jorge Luis Córdoba Pech
Alcaldía Tulum
Mayor of Tulum
Avenida Tulum oriente entre calle alfa sur y Osiris tour, manzana 1 lote 1 y 3
Tulum, Quintana Roo
Mexico CP 77780
Tel: 984-871-2304
Email: presidencia_tulum@hotmail.com.

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