TULUM, Quintana Roo – Tulum took a significant step towards sustainable development with the reinstatement of the Local Ecological Planning Committee (POEL). Led by the municipal president, Diego Castañón Trejo, this inclusive and representative body aims to facilitate the analysis, consultation, opinion sharing, and dissemination of the Local Ecological Planning Program for Tulum. The event saw the attendance of representatives from federal, state, and municipal government agencies, highlighting the collaborative approach adopted by the local administration.
In his address, President Castañón emphasized the importance of responsible and balanced growth, safeguarding the natural resources and unique charm that make Tulum a sought-after destination. “We strive for a comprehensive approach to development, ensuring that projects detrimental to the long-term well-being of our beloved town are not accepted,” he asserted. The municipal administration, in coordination with all three levels of government, envisions the POEL of Tulum as a milestone achievement through active and committed participation.
Tulum’s rise as a premier tourist hotspot has not been without its challenges. The surge in visitor numbers and subsequent development proposals have put a strain on the delicate ecological balance of the region. President Castañón, cognizant of these concerns, emphasized the need for a cohesive strategy that integrates social, environmental, community, academic, and business sectors. The POEL will serve as the guiding framework, ensuring a harmonious and coordinated approach to development while upholding the highest environmental standards.
The committee’s reinstallation comes with a clear vision of fostering sustainable practices and responsible tourism. President Castañón expressed his unwavering commitment to preserving the natural wonders of Tulum while promoting its growth. “This destination deserves the utmost care and necessary sustainability measures to continue flourishing within a unified framework,” he stated. By embracing a shared vision, the committee aims to strike a delicate balance between economic progress and the preservation of Tulum’s natural heritage.
The comprehensive program developed by the POEL will be published in the official state gazette, the Diario Oficial del Estado, ensuring transparency and accessibility to all stakeholders. The integration of expert opinions, local insights, and public participation will inform the planning process, allowing for the inclusion of diverse perspectives and considerations.
As Tulum navigates the challenges of rapid growth, the reinstated committee and its collaborative approach signify a turning point in sustainable development. The united front formed by the municipal, state, and federal governments, along with the active participation of citizens and stakeholders, promises a future where Tulum’s unique beauty is preserved for generations to come.