Without submitting environmental permits, jungle logging continues for Mayan Train Section 5

The felling and clearing of the jungle in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, for the new route of Section 5 of the Maya Train continues despite the fact that the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) has not issued permits for environmental impact or land use change in forest land.

According to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the works have “all permissions“, but these were not delivered even to the municipalities adjoining the jungle, underlined their authorities.

The Department of Sustainable Environment and Climate Change carried out two inspections in the devastated forest area. In the affected area prevails the middle forest ecosystem, in which there is “important trees, trees that are in the official Mexican standard 059. Yes, it is an important ecosystem in which there is an ambitious project“said Lucelly Ramos Montejo, director of the unit.

Following images released since early March of the devastation of the jungle by the new route of Section 5, which runs from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, rejection of the megaproject has grown among communities of activists, academics, artists and specialists, who joined the campaigns to demand its cancellation.

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Claims against the Mayan train have, however, been brought by the Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula since the announcement of the megaproject, since they have not been consulted in a prior, free and informed manner for its construction, in addition to denouncing that it is a project of territorial and cultural dispossession which threatens the environment and its forms of community life.



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