Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law with respect to the protected natural area known as “Los Remedios” National Park in Naucalpan, State of Mexico.

Los Remedios National Park was created by a decree published in 1938. In the submission, SEM-06-006 (Los Remedios National Park), the Submitter asserts that the government of Mexico has issued a preliminary decree (anteproyecto de decreto) to abrogate the decree that created Los Remedios National Park so as to eliminate this natural protected area. The Submitter asserts that the preliminary decree violates provisions of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecol¢gico y la Protecci¢n al Ambiente) which, according to the Submitter, provides only for modification of size or change of permitted uses of protected areas, but not for their total elimination. The Submitter asserts that in April 2006, a private company began cutting trees and conducting construction activity within the park and maintains that, instead of fulfilling its duty to protect the natural protected area in the park, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Secretar¡a de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) allows the destruction of the park’s resources.

Summary of the response provided by the Party:

According to Mexico’s response, the Decree repealing the park’s protected status calls on state authorities to continue to ensure the integrity of the site. Mexico stresses that it has effectively enforced its environmental laws when it denied-three times-an environmental impact authorization for a company seeking to develop real estate within the protected nature area.

Under Article 14(3)(a) of the North American Agreement for Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), Mexico requests that the Secretariat not continue to process the submission because, it asserts, the matter is subject to several appeals pending resolution. It further requests that the information provided in regard thereof be kept confidential.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecol¢gico y la Protecci¢n al Ambiente)

Submitter(s):

Asociación Fuerza Unida Emiliano Zapata en Pro de las Areas Verdes, A.C.

Submission Timeline

November 9, 2006

The Secretariat received a submission and began a preliminary analysis of it under the guidelines.

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 10/11/2006

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/10/2006

November 10, 2006

Under guideline 3.10, the Secretariat requested the submitter(s) to correct minor errors of form.

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 17/11/2006

November 17, 2006

The Secretariat began reviewing the submission under Article 14(1)

November 17, 2006

The Submitters corrected the minor errors of form.

January 19, 2007

The Secretariat notified the submitter(s) that the submission did not meet all of the Article 14(1) criteria and the submitter(s) had 30 days to provide the Secretariat with a revised submission that conforms with Article 14(1).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 19/01/2007

March 2, 2007

The Secretariat received a revised submission and began to analyze it.

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 02/03/2007

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 06/03/2007

April 20, 2007

The Secretariat determined that the submission met the criteria of Article 14(1) and requested a response from the concerned government Party in accordance with Article 14(2).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) and 14 (2) authored by Secretariat on 20/04/2007

July 16, 2007

The Secretariat received a response from the concerned government Party and began considering whether to recommend a factual record.

Party Response - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 15/07/2007

Acknowledgement - authored by Secretariat on 19/07/2007

November 27, 2007

The Secretariat requested additional information from the concerned government Party under Article 21(1)(b).

Secretariat Information Request - Secretariat Request to the Party for Additional Information under Article 21(1)(b) authored by Secretariat on 27/11/2007

February 26, 2008

The Secretariat received the requested information from the concerned government Party.

Other Documents - Additional information provided by Party under Article 21 (1)(b) authored by Mexico on 26/02/2008

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 27/02/2008

Acknowledgement - Other document authored by Secretariat on 27/02/2008

March 20, 2008

The Secretariat determined not to recommend the preparation of a factual record. Under guideline 9.6, the process was terminated.

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 15 (1) authored by Secretariat on 20/03/2008