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Specialized environmental police hit Holbox

Holbox, Q.R. — Specialized police forces have arrived on the island of Holbox to deal with environmental crimes.

The National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) has trained members of the Federal Police, specifically the new “environmental gendarmerie”, to deal with environmental crimes in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Over the last three years, 36 illegal construction projects have been shut down on the island by Profepa, however, many ignore the closures and continue building. Most of the illegal tourist projects are being constructed within the Protected Natural Area Yum Balam.

In an attempt to curb illegal construction, CONANP and elements of both the Gendarmerie and the State Coordination of Quintana Roo have drawn up a strategic plan to prevent irregular construction in the protected natural areas as well as deal with environmental crimes such as mangrove clearing.

National Commissioner Alejandro del Mazo reiterated that the training and preparation of the police elements in environmental matters is fundamental since this gives continuity and certainty to the actions of protection and conservation.

Holbox is part of the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area where animal species such as pink flamingos, white pelicans and osprey live. The area is also known for hosting palms as the Chit, Nakax and Ciricotes among others.

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