Even though oil theft and the oil spills they cause remains a concern in Mexico, initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are also being evaluated by the authorities. The development of these and more stories in our periodic Eco Summary.
Mexican authorities are working to hold several oil bids this year. The country wants to avoid any problem with indigenous communities and to achieve this authorities are negotiating with them. A report in El Financiero said that the government is discussing with the indigenous community Zoque about the bidding of two onshore blocks in Chiapas. The blocks are number 10 and 11 of Round 2.2. Twelve exploratory wells are planned in these areas.
The Mexican Environmental Law Center (Cemda) has demanded that Federal Government declare Los Tuxtlas reef system as a Protected Natural Area (ANP), according to a report in Sin embargo. Oil activities and fishing could affect the ecosystem. The Cemda says that this ecosystem has an environmental, cultural and economic relevance for Mexico. Authorities must protect it as soon as possible, Cemda declared.
Mexican Ministry of International Trade said BlueSun and Sky Solar are two of the eight Canadian companies interested in investing in Mexico’s energy sector.
Rowena Dias, director of the Ontario mission for the Ministry of International Trade in Mexico, said Canada has a long history of working with Mexican companies in sectors other than the energy, such as mining, technology and agriculture.
Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, approved increasing natural protected areas. The extension of them is the largest protected in the country´s history. This was done before the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13).
The most recent Inter-American Development Bank and Bloomberg report — Climascopio — highlights that in the last year, Latin America invested over US$23B in wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other renewable energies.