WiLDCOAST Works Alongside Mexican Officials to Create Clean Beaches Management Plan
by Paloma Aguirre
In 2003, the Mexican National Water Commission established a national Clean Beaches Program, which over time has become an inter-agency working group involving the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the Ministry of Health (MOH) through Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), the Navy Secretariat (SEMARNAT), the Ministry of Tourism (Tourism Secretary), the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), the National Water Commission (CNA) and state and municipal governments and various civil society organizations.
The main objective of the Clean Beaches Program is to promote the cleanup of beaches and watersheds, basins, canyons, groundwater and receiving water bodies associated with them, as well as prevent and correct pollution to protect and preserve mexican beaches, respecting native ecology and improving the quality and standard of living of local people and tourism and the competitiveness of beaches.
In May 2011, the National Water Comission convened in Rosarito, Mexico an interagency workshop to create a management plan for Rosarito and Playas de Tijuana. This management plan will be the Clean Beaches Committee's work plan to address all environmental and public health issues that impact the quality of the beaches from Playas de Tijuana to Rosarito.
WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE was invited to sit at the table and voice the community’s concerns and has been working alongside government officials from the Mexican Federal, State and Municipal level to ensure that water quality and environmental issues are clearly addressed in this management plan.