>> Monday, November 30, 2009
From an article on artdaily.org:
Chichen Itza Gets Greener
MEXICO CITY.- With the planting of 3,000 endemic trees, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) concluded reforestation of vulnerable areas at Chichen Itza Archaeological Zone, in Yucatan, with the aim of counteracting deforestation at the Maya site, caused by natural events such as draught. The forestation program was developed with the support of the National Defense Ministry (SEDENA), which donated 4,000 endemic trees such as mahogany, cedar, flamboyant and pich, being the last specie characteristic of the region.
Archaeologist Ricardo Nafate Lopez, responsible of the project, informed that this labor is part of the minor maintenance program of the site. “The most endangered zones have been reforested”. From the total of donated trees, 3,000 were planted, keeping the rest to be planted in 2010. Seed was sowed as well to recover a larger number of trees. Among the green areas repopulated outstands the path that conducts from the Observatory to the Initial Series Conjunct, as well as the route that leads from the main access to the Camp, the Main Esplanade and the Great Leveling, where 300 trees were planted, attended by a reliable irrigation system. These areas are the most visited, so grass is to be rehabilitated as well.
From a post by ejalbright on American Egypt:
Multi-billion peso tourist development slated for Chichen Itza, vendors claim
A giant resort complex, with a convention center, 5-star hotels, golf courses, gift shops, and artificial lakes, is planned for property near Chichen Itza, according to leaders of the vendors who invade the archaeological zone each day to sell trinkets to tourists.
La Jornada, a Mexican newspaper, reports that leaders of the vendors claimed to have received information that a consortium of Chinese, Canadian, and French corporations were working with Yucatan to design a resort complex that would begin construction in 2010. Investment in the project is estimated at $2 billion (Mexican), roughly $154million dollars U.S.
The reporter contacted state authorities who said they had no knowledge of the project.
Villevaldo Moo Pech y Silvia Cime Mex, leaders of the several hundred vendors, said they learned of the development from highly placed sources, but said they did not know the names of the companies involved. However, the project is coordinated by the office of Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco through the state Sistema para el Financiamiento (the state office of Finance). According to the article, the project must be approved by a three-quarters majority of the state Legislature.
The leaders of the vendors believe that a project of this magnitude will negatively affect their constituents as well as directly affect the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza, which is the patrimony of the Maya. Pech Moo and Cime Mex have requested information from the state government, but have received no answers, they said.