When former president felipe calderon closed down the growth of a projected US$2 billion, 4,000 hectare resort mega resort at 2012, it seemed like the impressive diversity of this cabo pulmo national marine park had escaped unscathed.
But hardly a couple of decades after new strategies have arisen to the website in the nation’s north east after possession moved from the now bankrupt Spanish property business to a chinese growth company, glorious earth holdings.
The projected 22,000 room hotel growth on the baja california shore threatens not only the future of the coral reef, but also those habitats and species on earth. Named “Cabo Dorado”, this is actually the third iteration to get a mega resort on the website.
Mexican Mega-Hotel Rises From The Dead To Threaten Biodiversity Hotspot Once Again
The crux of the planned development is that the scenic shore peninsula of punta arena, where the desert meets the ocean. This isn’t any ordinary sea Cabo Pulmo National Park is possibly the planet’s strongest marine book and coral reef.
So while the importance of the coral reef is well recognized, the biological diversity of Punta Arena and about has remained unidentified.
We had been astounded by what we found at the core of the growth zone which could be concreted. Released at a current report we discovered 560 kinds of creatures and plants, but in addition two plant types found nowhere else in the world, and two recently described plant species known only from those 11 square kilometres.
The sands of punta Arena feature seasonally flooded lagoons plus also a thorn desert scrub that, as a result of underlying geology, create wholly unique lands. Additionally, there are many endemic species of reptiles, such as lively sea turtle nests on the shores.
The MIA omitted 83 percent of those species found only in the area and nowhere else on the planet, listed 400 fewer crops and creatures, and noticed just 15 species protected by the Mexican authorities compared to 42 we discovered.
However, these concerns are just a part of this narrative. What will the effects of the mega development be about the remarkable reef system that’s the core of the area’s ecotourism and fishing businesses? where will the new water come from in the midst of the desert? The calculations to the water required from the proposed development are a source of wonderful concern for local companies that are based on the aquifer.
We will need to have a cautious look at this type of large development project. Too many times across the coasts of Mexico we’ve seen the wholesale destruction of areas of biological and cultural significance.
About the headlands and mangrove estuaries of La Paz, Loreto, along with other Baja California coastal city, mutually significant land was razed for ambitious resorts and flats, just for all these buildings to be abandoned, without one’s advantage and at great price.
By integrating the extraordinary all natural wealth of the area into building and development projects we could pursue a more rewarding vision of this near future for Baja California which matches with the grandeur of landscape.
It is clear that the impact this mega resort could have on local companies, individuals and the landscape hasn’t been satisfactorily addressed. By way of instance, the people of Cabo Pulmo lasted almost entirely by ecotourism confront the impending loss of their natural resources offering them a living if the proposition is accepted by the Mexican authorities.
In our final report, which we sent into the environment section of the Mexican national government, we advocate expanding the Cabo Pulmo National Park to add Punta Arena. Hopefully this strategy can slayed a while, and also the region sufficiently shielded to stop it increasing again later on.