MP Mexico News Staff
July 8, 2008 |
Texcoco, Mexico State
This work will cover 81 hectares of what was once Texcoco Lake.
Last year, this administration reforested 500,000 hectares.
Texcoco, Mexico State. During his tour of the states of Michoacán, Querétaro, Mexico State and the Federal District, President Felipe Calderón announced that a large environmental park will be built on what was once Texcoco Lake to serve as a future reserve for Mexico City inhabitants.
Accompanied by governor of the state of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, his wife Margarita Zavala and his children María, Juan Pablo and Luis Felipe, the President hailed the efforts made for many years in what was once Texcoco Lake to restore the area and prevent pollution from large dust clouds.
He added that this park will be built on the 81 ha that once comprised part of Lake Texcoco, now known as Lake Nabor Carrillo, where the wastewater of the Valle de México is treated.
During this working tour, President Calderón visited the municipalities of Corregidora in Querétaro and San Felipe del Progreso en Mexico State as part of the “Plant a Tree and Be Part of History” Program. In this last place, he received a Mazahua purification ritual to ensure that the harvest for the next few years will be fruitful.
Thus, amidst pre-Hispanic dances and Mazahua rituals, the President said that in the immediate future, the land will benefit from having a better environment, although he admitted that much remains to be done to ensure proper environmental care.
“It will obviously take years to restore the balance, because we have had years of drought and fires. But we will achieve our goals if we persevere,” he explained.
President Calderón recalled that in past decades, approximately 350,000 ha were lost as a result of deforestation, illegal clear felling and fires.
In this administration, however, 500,000 ha of forest soil were recovered last year and the goal is to continue with this work for the rest of the year, since the government has pledged to maintain its pro-environmental stance.