Preparation meeting between Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and the new Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico (SEMARNAT).

During the month of November, the new head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the MA. Josefa González Blanco, convened a working meeting with twenty-five Civil Society Organizations that develop environmental activities throughout Mexico (including the AMBIO Cooperative) for the construction of a common work agenda. The meeting was held at Casa Manatí, in Mexico City.

The meeting was held under an atmosphere of collaboration and coordination. The participation of Civil Society Organizations was sought, in order to identify challenges and present alternatives from the fields and work experiences that contribute to overcome them.

The topics of interest and national concern were presented to the work agenda, such as: the mining activity in Protected Natural Areas, the gaps in the enforcement of the Law for the regulation of extracting activities in lands and seas (gas, oil, mining, among others), as well as for the granting of permits for works with high environmental impact and violation of the rights (based on national legal frameworks and international conventions) of the communities to land use.

The Civil Society requested that the Secretariat work in a framework of efficiency, transparency and accountability. González Blanco committed to be in constant communication and dialogue with Civil Society, which allows establishing coordination links to achieve common goals.


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