A “Clean Beaches Program” has been started in Costa Maya and Mahahual, with the help of the state of Quintana Roo. Mexico as a nation has made a huge effort to preserve the beaches and the natural habitat of the coastlines.
In Mahahual there is a concentrated effort to preserve and keep the beaches clean. Once a year there is a “Clean Mahahual and Beaches Day”, which always meets with a great response from the community. In the barrio where I live, once a month the residents get together and have a clean up day, and pick up trash and refuse off the roads.
There is even on the malecon a sculpture made out of plastic bottles that were collected off the beaches of Mahahual. The “El Pez” fish sculpture was designed and built by Sabrina Coco, a famous Argentian artist who is building a house in Mahahual.
People in Mahahual realize that it is in their best interests for the future to keep the beaches here pristine. This year during Semana Santa, a lot of attention was focused on keeping as much trash off the beach as possible. There were mobile bike carts collecting garbage, and even bike signs reminding tourists to deposit their trash. Because of this I noticed a big difference in the last couple of years from the amount of trash piled up.
Costa Maya and Mahahual have some of the most beautiful beaches on the Caribbean, and in the world for that matter. Every effort is underweigh to keep them that way, and preserve them for future generations.
Thanks, Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina
Below is a local press release translated from Spanish about “Clean Beaches Program”.
PROTEST COMMITTEE TAKES CLEAN BEACHES COSTA MAYA
In the ecotourism village of Mahahual the swearing Committee Clean Beaches Costa Maya, who will be responsible for developing and directing the policy of handling, cleaning and monitoring of beaches conducted and to evaluate their results, for which has launched the ” Clean Beaches program.”
Given the need for programs and activities to keep the beaches clean of Mexico , it has formed the “National Clean Beaches Council ” composed of the National Water Commission and Ministries of Tourism , Health , Marine , Environment and Natural Resources , the National Bank Works and Services and the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks .
In Quintana Roo exists Committee Clean Beaches Costa Maya ( CPLCM ) , who serves as a subsidiary body of the Council of Cuenca Yucatan Peninsula ( CCPY ) built since 2007 , currently in operation , taking sphere of influence in the municipality of Othon P. White has had as well as to promote the rehabilitation of the beaches and river basins , sub-basins , aquifers , lakes and wetlands associated with them .
The delegate of the National Water Commission ( CNA ) in Quintana Roo, José Luis Blanco , swore in the members of the Committee for Clean Beaches Costa Maya , who heads the mayor of Othon P. Blanco, Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui .
” We will launch a call for the members of this new committee attend meetings, seek involvement of the private sector friendly way Mahahual to promote actions for the preservation of our beaches , it must be a shared task among all , “said mayor Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui .
For the mayor, Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui is important to strengthen the participation of children as citizens inspectors and youth to foster a culture of environmental care .
“Governments have a responsibility to promote civic participation , make speeches. Actually, my commitment as mayor will convene meetings to establish agreements and regulations to achieve greater participation of all sectors involved in the preservation of our beaches ” concluded the mayor,
At the inauguration of the Committee on Clean Beaches Costa Maya was attended by members of the Cabildo of Othon P. Blanco, federal and state authorities .