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May 16, 2011

WiLDCOAST visits Spain to alert about the destruction of Cabo Pulmo by Spanish investment

Representatives of WiLDCOAST, community leaders and Greenpeace will have activities in Madrid, Alicante and Murcia

Representatives of WILDCOAST, other Mexican environmental organizations and residents of Cabo Pulmo are visiting Spain to denounce the mega-development Cabo Cortes that Spanish developer Hansa Urbana plans to build in Baja California Sur.  The project, adjacent to the Cabo Pulmo Marine National Park –one of the best conserved coral reefs in North America- will be almost as big as Cancun.

In addition to its violation of Mexican laws, the authorization of Cabo Cortes would have a terrible impact on the area, due to tourism and residential pressure, the lack of water (this is a desert area), pollution derived from desalt plants, impact to coastal dunes, among many others.

This predator-tourism-model that only considers short-term benefits and does not take into account social and environmental impacts is well known in Spain, and has brought many of the country’s coastal areas to extreme situations. Now, as Spain faces a crisis, developers such as Hansa Urbana have embarked on a mission to export this model to other places, regardless of the social, labor and environmental costs that have proven truth over and over again.  This Alicante-based enterprise, which receives financial support from Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneao (CAM) owns the largest extentions of land in the neighboring region of Murcia.

The members of the Mexican delegation includes:

Alejandro Olivera (Greenpeace México)

Agustín Bravo (Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental, CEMDA)

Fay Crevoshay (Wildcoast/Costasalvaje)

Judith Castro y Mario Castro (Amigos para la Conservación de Cabo Pulmo, members of the community affected by the project)


The activities of this delegation will take place from May 16th through the 19th.      

For more information on the delegation´s activities and media interviews please contact Mabel González, responsable de la campaña de Conflictos y Medio Ambiente, 618 54 81 90

Greenpeace Media Contact: Marta San Román, 680 400 645