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They will verify alleged environmental damage from expanding the golf course in Morelia

Fatima Alfaro/Quadratin MORELIA, Mich., September 13, 2022.- Federal and state environmental authorities will verify the alleged environmen


Fatima Alfaro/Quadratin

MORELIA, Mich., September 13, 2022.- Federal and state environmental authorities will verify the alleged environmental damage that the expansion of a golf course would cause to the forest ecosystem, in the vicinity of the Jesús del Monte estate, said Alejandro Méndez López, Secretary of the Environment.

He stated that there are currently complaints about the substitution of forest land for the urbanization of the area before the Federal Attorneys for Environmental Protection (Profepa) and the Environment (ProAm), as well as complaints before the agency he heads.

Although there is a definitive authorization for urban development, issued in 2007, a request for modification was submitted last March, which is conditional on the delivery of an environmental impact statement (MIA) and obtaining a permit from the Ministry Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to transfer trees under special protection because they are at risk of extinction.

The expectation is that federal and state environmental authorities “review the issue” to seek to ensure that the environment is not threatened.

Méndez López considered that the southern area of ​​Morelia is under pressure to conserve the environment, caused by the expansion of the urban sprawl and the installation of fruit orchards, especially strawberries.

Therefore, he stated that authorizations will not be issued for the change of use of forest land, either for the installation of productive systems or for housing developments and urbanization works.

In addition to this, projects are planned for the recovery of damaged forest areas, with the planting of mezcal agave and resin trees, which, in addition to encouraging environmental restoration, provide resources to forest owners.