[LAR] urgent e-mail action for Pacific flyway
- PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS ALERT
YOUR E-MAILS NEEDED TODAY to support PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 3
Just do this one right away..... it's sending one email with copies
to a local activist who will print out in support of the effort at
the meeting TOMORROW... so just do it - it will only take you a
CENTURY 21 ESCALATES CAMPAIGN TO DESTROY BAHIA SAN QUINTIN, BAJA
The Endangered Habitats League urges conservationists from around the
world to act on this alert. The alert was prepared using information
from pro esteros, a binational U.S.-Mexican conservation organization.
Century 21, the huge real estate firm, is proposing to the Mexican
government massive industrial tourist development of the worst sort.
The funding would be U.S. money. On the peninsula surrounding this
currently spectacular Bay would be 5 hotels, 3 golf courses, a
350-slip marina, housing for thousands, a desalination plant, a
shopping mall, and underground parking. Such development would
forever destroy the ecosystem and the water quality, let alone the
tranquillity. According to Agromarinos, SA, the aquaculture industry
would vanish due to pollution, toxic paints used on boats, and sewage.
There is no place for Cabo San Lucas in Bahia de San Quintin! For
more background, see below.
Century 21 is aggressively moving to secure Mexican government
approval for their plunder of the bay. They are holding a public
meeting in Bahia San Quintin on Friday, Dec. 3, to show support for
the development! Pro esteros, local aquaculturists and others will
attend the meeting to oppose the plan.
As this is a U.S. company and U.S. money, it is fully appropriate to
express your views to the Mexican government.
HERE'S WHAT TO DO:
1. IF YOU CAN ATTEND THE MEETING, CONTACT ALAN HARPER OF PRO ESTEROS
(aharper@...) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
2. SEND E-MAILS TO TWO MEXICAN OFFICIALS WITH COPIES TO ALAN HARPER
WHO WILL PRINT THEM OUT AND TAKE THEM TO THE PUBLIC MEETING.
The names and addresses are:
* M.C. Enrique Provencio, President of the Mexican National Institute
of the Environment (eproven@...)
* M.C. Antonio Azuela de la Cueva, the Prosecutor General of PROFEPA
(aazuela@...) NOTE: This can be a copy or "cc".
* Alan Harper, US Co-chair, pro esteros (aharper@...) NOTE:
This can be a blind copy or "bcc".
NOTE: Letters from scientists are particularly important. Please
circulate to your colleagues.
In a courteous letter (see sample below), please make four basic points:
1. The Bay is a global environmental treasure and critical to the
Black Brant and many other species.
2. The development proposal would destroy a successful and
sustainable aquaculture industry which employs 1000 people.
3. Until the community completes the land use plan (ordenamiento), no
construction of any sort should be allowed.
4. An environmental impact statement must be prepared and publicly
circulated, with adequate time for scientific review.
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT! THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PLEASE DUPLICATE AND
A sample letter follows:
Nov. 28, 1999
Lic. Enrique Provencio
Director General del INE
Av. Revolución #1425, Tlacopac
San Angel, Delegacion Alvaro Obregon
01040, México, D.F. MEXICO
RE: Bahia de San Quintin - OPPOSITION to Century 21 development proposal
Dear Director General Provencio:
I/we wish to most strongly oppose the proposal by a U.S.
company, Century 21, for massive development at Bahia de San Quintin.
This proposal would destroy the ecology of the Bay and the
livelihoods of the 1,000 workers in the aquaculture industry.
The economic future of Bahia de San Quintin lies in
preserving its special environment. The natural resources of the Bay
are of global significance. The expanses of rare wetlands are
irreplaceable habitat for the Black Brant and numerous other
threatened birds. It is one of the most important migratory bird
stopovers in North America. The potential for ecotourism - if nature
is allowed to survive - is great.
The water quality in Bahia de San Quintin is of such high
quality that an aquaculture industry is thriving. Development of the
peninsula and boat marinas would end the aquaculture industry by
introducing pollution. Health certification of clams and oysters for
export would become impossible. Please ensure that a full
environmental impact report is prepared and publicly circulated, and
that adequate time is given for scientific review.
The ongoing effort of the community to develop a land use and
management plan (ordenamiento) is supported as the correct approach.
Century 21's development proposal would, however, preclude the
ordenamiento. No construction should be allowed until the
ordenamiento is finished.
Massive development (golf courses, hotels, marina, shopping
mall, parking, etc.) is totally unsuited to Bahia de San Quintin.
This type of tourism is already well-served by the coastline between
Tijuana and Ensenada. Please insist on an ordenamiento as a first
step, and deny this most destructive and ill-conceived project.
cc: M.C. Antonio Azuela de la Cueva, Prosecutor General of PROFEPA
Four hours south of the U.S.-Mexican border in Baja California lies
Bahia de San Quintin, a near-pristine bay with 26, 000 acres of
wetlands. This is the most significant salt marsh in the ecoregion
south of San Francisco Bay. It is critical habitat for the black
brant and the endangered light-footed clapper rail, least tern and
snowy plover. Surrounding uplands support coastal sage scrub and
California gnatcatchers. The ecological significance of the Bay can
hardly be overstated. Its beauty and sense of "intactness" - seeing
hundreds of pelicans at once - is overwhelming.
There is also sustainable economic use of the Bay - not only
ecotourism and fishing, but a thriving aquaculture industry which
employs 1,000 people raising clams and oysters. The high water
quality has led to health certification for export of the shellfish
to the U.S.
The local community is now working on a long-term land use and
management plan, or "ordenamiento."
DON'T FORGET TO COPY IT TO ALAN HARPER OF PRO ESTEROS (aharper@...)!