Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Submitters assert that Mexican federal authorities, the government of Mexico City (CDMX), and three of its boroughs are failing to effectively enforce environmental laws with respect to the construction of Line 7 of the bus rapid transit system (“Metrobús”).

In SEM-18-002 (Metrobús Reforma), the Submitters maintain that the granting of permits for the construction of Metrobús Line 7 has been “illegal and opaque” because the project sponsor, the CDMX Government, is supposed to respect environmental law “by ensuring adequate planning, communication, participation, and compliance—which unfortunately has not happened.” According to the Submitters, the project was initiated in 2015 with modifications to the decree establishing the Chapultepec Forest protected area, which has an important historical, environmental, and landscape value for CDMX. The Submitters base their submission on several international, federal, and state laws and cite provisions which they allege are not being effectively enforced by Mexican federal and state authorities.

Submitter(s):

Academia Mexicana de Derecho Ambiental and La Voz de Polanco

Submission Timeline

February 2, 2018

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

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 02/02/2018

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 02/02/2018

February 2, 2018

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

February 2, 2018

The Submitters corrected the minor errors of form.

March 22, 2018

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

April 3, 2018

The Submitters corrected the minor errors of form.

May 1, 2018

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 01/05/2018

Annex - Other document authored by Secretariat on 01/05/2018

July 26, 2018

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 25/07/2018

Annex - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 25/07/2018

Annex - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 25/07/2018

Annex - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 25/07/2018

Annex - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 25/07/2018

Annex - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 25/07/2018

Acknowledgement - Other document authored by Secretariat on 26/07/2018

December 17, 2018

The Secretariat informed Council that the Secretariat considers that the submission warrants development of a factual record.

Recommendation - Secretariat Notification to Council under Article 15(1) authored by Secretariat on 17/12/2018