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Greenpeace Against Xcacel Real Estate Project

12 September, 2012

The proposed new Punta Carey real estate
project is a threat to local ecosystems, said Greenpeace, last

Proposals for the massive development on the Riviera Maya coast
at Xcacel would "put at risk" a turtle sanctuary and mangroves closeby, said the
environmental group's Mexican arm.

Xcacel is a beach area located about
74 miles (120km) south of Cancun and about 10 miles (16km) north of Tulum, near
to the Xel-Ha tourist attraction on the Mayan

As reported in a previous article, the Xcacel real estate plans are currently being
reviewed by the Mexican Government's Secretary for the Environment and Natural
Resources (SEMARNAT).

Proyecto Punta
would include a 64.4 acre (26.05 hectare) resort development
consisting of 30 apartments, over 100 hotel rooms, a club house and associated
buildings and services.

Greenpeace said the plans include opening 3.5
acres (1.4 hectares) of canals in the mangrove zone, which will receive 32, 757
gallons (124, 000 liters) of treated residual water per day.

This would
"impact negatively on the hydrological flow for the mangroves", said the

They said it would also be a "clear violation" of
Mexican Wildlife Law and called on SEMARNAT to deny permission for the
construction of the project.

The Tulum real estate market has seen proposals
for similar developments at Xcacel in the past.

In 2001, opponents
succeeded in preventing Spanish hotel chain, Sol Melia, from building a resort
in the same location and won a legal battle to the protect land.

Topics: Riviera Maya Ecology