• .He met with indigenous leaders and representatives there.
  • Payment for Environmental Services will be maintained despite next year’s budgetary adjustment.

President Enrique Peña Nieto met today with leaders and representatives of indigenous communities in the Lacandón Rainforest, with whom he discussed various actions the government has carried out for the preservation of protected natural areas in this part of the country, together with the ejido authorities and organizations in the region.

This visit to the Lacandon Rainforest, which the president described as “a life experience,” took place within the framework of activities led by the president today to protect the environment and preserve the country’s biodiversity. The president recalled that in the morning, he signed decrees designating protected natural areas in various parts of the country, including the Lacandón Rainforest Region.

After listening to leaders and representatives of indigenous communities, to whom he presented the commitments assumed by the organizations and agrarian groups in the region for the preservation of the seven protected areas in the Lacandon Rainforest, President Peña Nieto instructed government agencies to implement actions in favor of this region and its inhabitants:

  • He ordered the Secretariat of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development (SEDATU) to avoid regularizing irregular settlements, in order to ensure they remain as protected natural areas.
  • He instructed the Secretariats of Energy and Economy to guarantee that no oil exploration and drilling or mining is carried out in these regions. He recalled that protected natural areas are areas free of the exploration and/or exploitation of hydrocarbons and activities related to mining.
  • He asked the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples to offer the inhabitants of this area various development and production models.

The president guaranteed that Payment for Environmental Services will continue, despite the budgetary adjustment next year.

He also repeated the commitment not to build dams on the Usumacinta River.