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Despite pleas, city continues to grant tree removal permits

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The civil association Moce Yax Cuxtal is issuing an application for an emergency rescue of large native trees that are being demolished at various points in the city and tourist areas.

Laura Artemisa Patiño Esquivel, president of Moce Yax Cuxtal, says that examples of the destruction has been documented at 38 Avenue with 25 Avenue, another along 115 Avenue as well as removed trees on Chemuyil Avenue behind the square Las Américas, in the area of the central of the Red Cross of Villamar II and in the residential fraction of Palmas 1, among other points.

In a sealed document submitted on October 18, the General Directorate of Infrastructure Urban Development and Environment, Cabildo Tourism and Ecology Commission and Public Works and Services are being urged to stop the destruction and removal of these large trees.

“It is not feasible to continue knocking down trees and losing with it the great contribution of environmental benefits, then on the other hand, turn around and reforest with small trees that do not cover the environmental needs of the city.

“Today, more than ever, it is important to contribute to sustainable actions taking into account the relationship and inter-generational responsibility, which we have as a collective right for humanity and nature,” she said.

Orquídea Trejo Buendía, director of Environment in Solidarity, reported that new cases are being reviewed and that they currently have between five and 10 requests for the removal of trees, of which 70 to 80 percent have already been authorized.

“In relation to the permits we grant, we verify that we are giving legal compliance to those who are requesting it. We are not giving permission because “we are friends and I give you permission”.

“The promoter is committing to make the respective changes,” said the municipal official adding that the sanction for the Tequila Barrel Fifth Avenue for cutting down a 100-year-old tree without permission or a permit in September was to plant 500 trees in schools.