Pollution in Playa Hermosa

Submission ID: SEM-22-001
Party concerned: Mexico
Date filed: June 1, 2022
Submission Status: Open

Latest Update: June 13, 2022

The Submitters corrected the minor errors of form.

Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Submitters assert that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws to protect the coastal ecosystem of Playa Hermosa, a local beach located in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

The Submitters assert that the state and municipal governments are undertaking a boardwalk and beachfront development project in Playa Hermosa without the necessary federal environmental impact permits. The Submitters also maintain that water quality in the area is compromised due to discharges that are occurring without adequate treatment. According to the Submitters, the Playa Hermosa sand dune system was destroyed last year as a result of construction and no restoration actions have been taken.

The Submitters state that Playa Hermosa is a popular beach frequented by residents of Ensenada, it is the only beach accessible from the city, and it plays an important role in the local economy. Additionally, they state that it is one of the few areas where outdoor activities are safe in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente); and its regulations on environmental impact; the National Waters Law (Ley de Aguas Nacionales), and associated regulations; and the General Law of Climate Change (Ley General de Cambio Climático) as well as other provisions of federal laws and regulations.


Submission Timeline

June 1, 2022

The Secretariat began reviewing the submission under Articles 24.27(2) and (3).

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 24/05/2022

June 8, 2022

The Secretariat requested the Submitter(s) to correct minor errors of form.

June 13, 2022

The Submitters corrected the minor errors of form.