Yucatan State Government creates the ‘Citizen Council’ to mitigate climate change

This is in order to provide information, technical opinions and, in general, advice on particular issues on climate change to the Intersecretarial Commission on Climate Change (Ciclima).

(MERIDA, YUC. – YUCATAN STATE GOVERNMENT).- On November 4, 2021, the Climate Change Law of the State of Yucatan was published in the Official Gazette l, as part of its implementation, now they establish the State Consultative Citizen Council on Mitigation and Adaptation to Change Climate.

“The function is that within the things that are done there will be brainstorming, proposals for policies and programs will be established,” said Salvador Castell, a member of the council.

From their vision, they will contribute so that public policies have a real impact on society; at the same time, he said, they can request the modification or update of those that already exist. For that, one of the first steps would be to do a review of the ones that are working to identify if they need to be changed or removed.

With the fiscal package approved for this 2022, he recalled, they contemplated the so-called “green taxes”, for which they will remain vigilant that these resources are actually used for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, to prevent them from being used in other things. . “The question would be to see that there is total transparency and with high-impact projects.”

He pointed out that the pandemic stopped the few actions that the authorities were carrying out to mitigate climate change, so his first step will be to monitor that the signatures issued by the City Councils for sustainable waste management, with which they accepted that there should be no more landfills and use sustainable technologies is effectively implemented.

Today, he pointed out, the municipalities do not have construction regulations, so he questioned how it is possible to regulate it. “Some do not even have a cadastre or ecology department, how do you regulate it? One of the first steps is to strengthen the municipalities”, he considers that it will be necessary to lay the foundations so that there is a model to follow in the following years until covering the 106 municipalities of the State.

Miguel Carbajal Rodríguez, Flor Rodríguez, Raúl Monforte and Benigno Villareal from the private sector; Roger Orellana, Jorge Euán Ávila, Silvana Forti and Arelly Erosa from the academy and Salvador Castell González, Isabel Bracamontes Cetina, Celia Elizabeth Pigueron Wirz and María Andrade from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) make up the Citizen Council.

The Yucatan Times