On February 3, the public hearings on the construction of the Air Force Base and International Airport of Tulum, in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, ended with seven comments, mainly three considering environmental, social and economic issues, as the creation of wildlife crossings for animals in the area.
In a press release, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) announced that it will be implemented as of September 1 as part of a project formally called “Construction of the Civilian Military Air Base and Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport in Tulum” which was carried out from January 9 to February 3 of this year.
The comments have focused on the need for government agencies to consider the construction of wildlife crosswalks in the areas around Interstate 307, the Airport Highway and the Tren Maya tracks.
The communiqué was convened on July 26, 2022 by the Ministry of Defense (Sedena), Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), Ministry of the Interior (Segob) and the government of the state of Quintana Roo.
Semarnat stated that the objective is to engage the indigenous and agricultural communities of Chunyaxché to give their free and pre-informed consent for military airbase and airport projects and, where appropriate, through agreements on public access to fair and equitable benefits.
Attendance at that time was 464, so it was good. By using their voice, ejidatarios express their consent and make requests related to infrastructure (roads, schools, hospitals) and security. There are no questions about environmental issues or non-compliance.