The judge’s decision orders a halt to the destruction of vegetation in approximately 354 hectares of forest until the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources allows a change of land use.
Mexico City, February 7 (however).- The District Judge of the First Court of YucatanAdrian Perez Novello, Awarded suspension in the work of volume five of the maya trainWhich goes from Cancun to Tulum.
The suspension was given to the environmentalist collective #SelvamedelTren, which processed amparo 2878/2022.
The judge’s decision orders a halt to the destruction of vegetation in approximately 354 hectares of forest until the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semernet) allows a change of land use.
“Removal or destruction of land vegetation is not permitted in the appointment, in those areas which are outside the surface in which land use change in forest land was authorized vide official letter SPARN/DGGFSOE/418/1306/2022. , December 15, 2022”, reads the resolution.
The collective celebrated the suspension of work that “affects the heritage of all Mexicans.”
The “#SelvamedelTren movement celebrates this action because it suspends an illegal act that affects the ecological heritage of all Mexican people. The movement’s main concern is to build such a train,” the group said in a statement. There are illegal operations that do not comply with permits or required studies.
final suspension #SelvameDelTren pic.twitter.com/It7qzTBmI9
— Selvame (@SelvameMX) February 7, 2023
The #SelvameDelTren organization has taken various resources to avoid environmental destruction in the Mayan region of the country due to the construction of the Mayan train.
One of them was the delivery of a letter to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) asking for help and warning about the danger that the Maya train is allegedly causing to natural and cultural heritage.
“Given the responsibility acquired by Mexico before UNESCO and other organizations concerned with the protection of cultural heritage, we come to you inspired by the imminent risk that the underwater cultural heritage moves, which are already protected by caves. and is buried in caves—called the Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state,” he said in the letter.
Furthermore, he highlighted that the aforementioned Mexican Caribbean region houses the most extensive flooded cave systems on the planet, with archaeological and paleontological remains discovered within them as remote as the origins of man in the Americas.
“The construction of Section 5 of the Mayan Train Project puts at risk this remarkable natural and cultural threat to Mexico and humanity, which is trying to build train tracks that cross the caves and remains, and with a reasonable count of time without adequate archaeological prospecting, which allows to preserve what is already known and investigate what is yet to be discovered”, he said.