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Coastal zone clean-up operation carried out in Yucatán

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A maintenance and restoration operation in the Yucatecan coast was recently carried out in order to guarantee a safe and pleasant summer vacation to thousands of visitors. 39 coordinated actions implemented by civil society and State Government were implemented in matters of environmental sanitation in mangrove areas, beaches and roads, which have allowed the collection of 287 tons of garbage and waste.

As part of the work promoted by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal to keep the coastal area clean and safe, cleaning up tasks were carried out in the beach and mangrove areas, along the entire Yucatecan coast, activities that have brought together the participation of almost 4 thousand volunteers of all ages.

According to the Ministry of Sustainable Development (SDS), so far 287 tons of waste have been collected, of which 68 tons came from mangrove areas, 32 tons from beaches, and 187 tons from roads and highways, across 17 communities in 12 different municipalities along the coastal zone of Yucatán.

This is a clear sign of the interest of the Vila Dosal administration to promote strategies that create awareness among the population about the management of garbage, plastic and waste in general, in order to take care of the environment.

These actions were carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Fisheries and Sustainable Aquaculture (Sepasy), Public Works (SOP) and the Secretariat of Tourism Development (Sefotur), among others, as well as with the collaboration of municipal governments, public and private schools and with the participation of civil society in general.

Similarly, more than 15 different associations and groups took part of this program, among which are: Yucatan Clean your Beach (Yucatán Limpia tu Playa), Green Elephant (Elefante Verde), the Yucatecan Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundación del Empresariado Yucateco: Feyac), Sustainable Women (Mujeres Sustentables), Take out your Sabucán (Saca tu Sabucán), UADY Volunteers (Voluntarios UADY), Zero Waste (Cero Basura), the Business Coalition against Climate Change (Coalición Empresarial contra el Cambio Climático: CECC), as well as several local socially and environmentally responsible companies that joined this campaign.

Some examples of the activities that were being carried out in the coastal communities of Yucatán during this holiday period are: the collection of invasive vegetation and garbage all along the Chuburná Puerto-Telchac Puerto section; and the removal of rubble material from inland streets of the same coastal area, collecting a total of 162 cubic meters of this waste material.

The clean-up operation took place from August 5 to the 11th, and 287 tons of garbage and waste were removed as a result of these actions.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom

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