By Antonieta Valenzuela
The Community La Chorera Environmental Monitoring Committee was officially created on February 17, 2016. During one year, the members will be responsible for the detection and report of environmental illegal activities in San Quintín Bay.
Through monitoring and by providing reports, the committee aims to protect and conserve the natural resources of the wetlands in San Quintín Bay; this place is classified as a RAMSAR site (a wetland of international importance). Committee members will perform as observers for the authorities, and they will be responsible for detecting different environmental violations such as illegal hunting, extraction of flora and fauna without permits, among others.
Forming a monitoring committee in San Quintín Bay was part of the projects of Terra Peninsular alongside the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). The community La Chorera was invited to participate for environmental protection.
They will perform as observers for the authorities by reporting any environmental problems, and then the Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) will take appropriate action. The reports will be handed over in a regular basis, and then PROFEPA will take the necessary measures depending on each specific environmental violation.
“They shall exercise their right to formulate and promote environmental reporting as a legal instrument to prevent and stop environmental violations that may cause or have caused an ecological imbalance” as explained in the constitutive act. The committee is composed of nine members and a Board, both of Terra Peninsular and residents of La Chorera.
For a better understanding of their function as environmental guardians, PROFEPA offered a training course to the members of the Community La Chorera Environmental Monitoring Committee.