Cabo Pulmo / Wildcoast Salvaje / National Geographic News
October 6, 2011
"NGO questions the profitability of new tourism development in Baja California Sur (Mexico)."
EFE (Spanish News Agency with coverage in Spain and Europe) by Juan David Leal.
“The conservation organization, WiLDCOAST/ COSTASALVAjE, criticized today the Mexican Government for supporting the construction of new development in the state of Baja California Sur, in the small town of Cabo Pulmo - given the fact that several recently build projects remain abandoned or on sale (without buyers) in the region. Director of Communications for WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE, Fay Crevoshay, said to EFE, that the hotel occupation in Baja California Sur, which is an important tourism region where Los Cabos and La Paz are located “is not very high” and yet the Mexican authorities award new construction permits. According to official data, Los Cabos, a main tourism destination for Baja California Sur, with more than 10,000 hotel rooms, closed the year 2009 with 56% occupation and 2010 with 60%.
WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE, in conjunction with Greenpeace, WWF, Niparaja, ProNatura, and Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo are opposed to the tourism Project Cabo Cortes which is being built by the construction company Hansa Urbana, because they fear it will affect Cabo Pulmo, the only coral reef in the Gulf of California.”
November 10, 2011 "Plans for Resort in Mexico Ignite Concern about Reef"
Washington Post By William Booth
“CABO PULMO, Mexico — where once the local waters were almost barren of life, there are now vast schools of randy and spawning big-eyed jacks. The grouper lurking in the thriving coral have reached the size of overindulged toddlers. The tiger sharks are big enough to star in scary movies. The nesting turtles, devil rays and sea lions have returned, too, alongside a few tourists wearing flippers and masks. Marine scientists express pure astonishment at what has happened in the 16 years since Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park was created at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California state, 60 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.
In August, researchers reported that the biomass of fish in the no-take marine reserve had increased by an unprecedented 463 percent in 10 years, offering hope that, if just left alone for a little while, the planet’s depleted seas can rebound.
But all is not well in Cabo Pulmo. These days, the talk in the little solar-powered village of 200 Mexicans and expats is not the vigor of the reefs but, of all things, the European debt crisis”
To read full article [in English], please click here.
November 17, 2011 "NGOs working to protect Cabo Pulmo" WiLDCOAST News Center
"On November 15th, 2011, NGO groups presented in La Paz, Mexico to a joint mission of UNESCO, RAMSAR (Convention for Wetlands of International Importance) and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) on the current development threats to Cabo Pulmo. AIDA, CEMDA, WiLDCOAST, Greenpeace, Niparaja, Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo, NRDC, ProNatura, Cabet Cultura y Desarrollo, and Iemanya presented their arguments for the protection of Cabo Pulmo. Although there are many reasons to protect this globally unique coastal and marine ecosystem, the underlying message was clear: the Cabo Cortés development would devastate the remarkable marine life in Cabo Pulmo as well as the local communities".
To read the full article in English, please click here.
November 16th, 17th, and 18th Special Series about CABO PULMO on Televisa.
Mexico’s largest broadcasting corporation Televisa aired a feature story on Cabo Pulmo National Martine Park in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This three part series included an in-depth explanation about threats facing the Marine Park’s reef as a result of the proposed mega development of Cabo Cortes. Featured interviews included Cabo Pulmo residents, WiLDCOAST, Greenpeace, CEMDA, as well as the developers of Cabo Cortes. In an interesting and confrontational dialogue, Star reporter Mario Alberto Tinoco Valderama challenged Mexican authorities from the Ministry of the Environment about the permits granted to developers, despite internal opposition from their scientists and an inadequate environmental impact assessment. The series on Cabo Pulmo aired for three days on national prime time in the morning news program “Primero Noticias,” with Carlos Loret. Additionally, the broadcasting of the story coincided with the arrival of the Special Joint Mission of representatives from The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and Convention for Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR)to support further protections for the park. The three part story is called “Destroying Paradise” and uncovers a staged strategy between the Mexican Ministry for Environmental Protection and Spanish developers Hansa Urbana. The piece also describes the illegal construction permits and ill planned marina, golf course and housing development that will surely threaten the most robust marine reserve on the planet.
To see the three videos in Spanish, please click on each link: First Part, Second Part, Third Part