INAI orders Semarnat to make transparent the reforestation plan for the Mayan Train – El Sol de México

By alterations in the quality of the air, modification of the natural relief and affectation of the cenotesthe National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) ordered the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) make transparent the reforestation plan that has been in place since the construction of the Mayan Train in five states of the country.

In the analysis of a review resource, after the response to a request for information from Semarnat did not satisfy a citizen, the presentation by the commissioner Norma Julieta del Rio Venegas, considered that it is very important to know the required data because In this way, it will be known whether or not there will be affectations to the original populations as a result of the construction of the work.

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The appeal was also accepted since Semarnat responded in extemporaneous way and denied access to the document on the grounds that due to its volume of 61 sheetscannot be delivered through the National Transparency Platform.

Instead, it offered the option of providing it in simple or certified copies and sent links to consult what corresponds to sections 4 and 5 of the work.

When analyzing the case, Commissioner Del Río Venegas’ presentation found that Semarnat did comply with the information search procedure established in the Law, but the response given by its administrative units it is restrictivesince they only carried out a literal search for the “Reforestation plan for the Mayan Train route as it passes through the five states”, Therefore, they declared the information non-existent.

However, it was found that on previous occasions María Luisa Albores herself has pointed out a series of actions in Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roorelated to reforestation on the Mayan Train route.

In addition to journalistic notes that account for the planting of 450 million trees, according to Semarnart, the statement was also located in which the Secretariats of Welfare, Environment and Agriculture signed an agreement to consolidate the program Sowing Life and the preservation of natural areas.

In such a way that the paper determined that the dependency violated the right of access to information by interpreting the request literally and without being exhaustive. In addition, he charged that the obligor changed the mode of delivery of the data, but did not substantiate the reasons beyond the number of pages.

“The presentation I was in charge of concluded that the regulated entity failed to respond to the request for access to information within the terms established by law. Therefore, it resolved that the grievance asserted by the appellant is well-founded,” said Del Río Venegas.

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It should be noted that in May of this year, Secretary María Luisa Albores recognized that the emblematic work of the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would imply the felling of at least 300 thousand trees along its routesomething that, in addition to the contamination of the cenoteshas generated claims from civil society organizations.

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