More than 270 illegal spurs will be removed from Yucatan beaches – The Yucatan Times
YUCATÀN, (July 16, 2021) .- The Sustainable Development Secretariat (SDS) reported that in coordination with the different levels of government, they will remove more than 270 illegal spurs over 40 kilometers of the coast that erode the beaches of the Yucatan and control to the owners of summer properties within the framework of the program “Conservation and integral management of coastal zones”.
When breaking down progress to mitigate this phenomenon that affects this area of the coast, the agency said that with the support of specialists from the National Laboratory of Coastal Resilience of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), overflights and technical visits were carried out at various points along the coast, with a preliminary identification of 272 illegal spurs in an area stretching from Dzilam de Bravo to Sisal.
In some cases, the spurs caused a significant decrease in beach width; 35 serious cases were detected in an area between Telchac Puerto and Progreso.
He added that as part of this conservation program, sand transfer works are also being carried out, also called “bypass”, such as those carried out in August 2019 in the areas of the shelters of Chuburná and Telchac, with which we seeks to recover. beaches, as well as to stop and reverse the erosion of these areas.
This process consists of the installation of infrastructures for the transfer of sand which favor its natural passage, in order to recover the space of the beach. At the same time, this work will also allow fishermen to have a safe place to protect boats, in the aforementioned ports, by removing the sand from the navigation channel.
The spurs removal actions are carried out in a coordinated manner over a little over 40 kilometers of beach with the support of the Federal Public Prosecutor for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA); the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and municipal authorities, which will generate environmental benefits and sources of employment in the recovery of beaches in 13 ports on the Yucatan coast.
In each of these works, habitat conservation protocols are applied, which include aerial and ground recording of intervention points to identify the possibility of the existence of turtle nests in areas of high impact and ensure their operation, as well as the logistics of the routes. and intervention promoting the conservation of natural resources in the area.
The Secretariat for Sustainable Development has invited owners of properties located in front of the sea who have spurs not to take action without first contacting the agency, in order to identify and organize good practices to follow in the works and activities that are intended to be carried out in coastal dune systems and avoid environmental damage that is difficult and costly to repair.
Source: La Jornada Maya
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