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Revoke permits for the Cabo Cortés Project!

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Dear

(Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa, President of the Republic of Mexico)

(Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Secretary of Ministry of Environment)

(Mauricio Limón Aguirre, Under Secretary for Environmental Protection)

I urge you to cancel all authorizations granted to Hansa Urbana to build "Cabo Cortés" along the Gulf of California. This urban-coastal development project would be a serious threat to the economic and environmental sustainability of the Cabo Pulmo region.

 

The developer – Hansa Urbana - has been granted a concession to extract an amount of water equal to 100 percent of the actual available water from the only healthy aquifer in this desert region, regardless of the needs of local communities and the area's increasing vulnerability to climate change and recurrent droughts.

 

Cabo Pulmo has been internationally recognized in UNESCO's Natural World Heritage List and the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. It has recently been described by the scientific community as "the world's healthiest marine reserve," because of the remarkable recovery of its marine biodiversity and the productive model which has allowed local communities to improve their quality of life and achieve a successful, low-impact livelihood based on sustainable tourism.

 

I respectfully request that you cancel the development authorizations granted to the "Cabo Cortés" project in order to ensure preservation of the natural capital represented by the Gulf of California for present and future generations of Mexicans.

Sincerely,