The project aims to establish the “minimum budgets for the identification, conservation, protection, ecological restoration and rational and sustainable use of wetlands by the provincial State as the sole owner of the same and sole guarantor of it in order to preserve their identity, the species that inhabit them and the resources and contributions that they provide to humanity, as well as their inherent value, in all the territory of Mendoza”.
and defines them as “territorial spaces in which watersurface, sub-surface or underground, permanently or temporarily, is an agent of the landscape, including extensions of swamps, peat bogs, salt flats, sandbanks linked to watercourses, meadows, bofedales or surfaces covered with water, whether natural or artificial”.
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Government comments on the Wetlands Bill
The observations raised by specialists in that forum gave rise to a reform of the original project, expanding powers and harmonizing it with the environmental legislation of the Provinceincluding the current Water Law.
The text will be discussed again in committee, and once it obtains an office, it will be analyzed in the precinct of the Upper Housewhere the average sanction will be sought.
Marcela Andino, secretary of Institutional Management of the General Department of Irrigation, proposed, among other points, that some concepts be modified, such as that of minimum budgetsince it is the power of the Congress of the Nation and not of the Province.
In addition, it required that the fundamentals of the project focus on provincial legislation and that it is expressly understood what will be prohibited by law so as not to cause problems in the future.
Sebastián Melchor, director of Renewable Natural Resources of the Ministry of the Environment, proposed the replacement of part of the articles and that the rule specifies a financing because the preservation of environments will require it.
Taking these considerations, Jiménez, with the contribution of Giraud and Rubio, reassembled the proposal and drafted a new text for the project who has already re-entered the Environment commission.
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The situation of Laguna del Viborón, a key wetland that is about to disappear
The treatment of this project occurs in the midst of the claims of environmentalists for the state of Laguna del Viborón (Maipú)which is part of the chain of wetlands of the entire northern oasis of the Province and which is in critical condition.
The effects of climate change, the intensive use of water resources in oases and the processes of land modification and degradation have caused wetlands to lose surface and even disappear.
The retreat of a wetland not only has an environmental impact but also affects the life of flora, fauna and people.
Particularly with regard to the conservation of the Laguna del Viborón, the director of Environmental Management of Water Resources, Aníbal Manzur, considered that its condition is a consequence of the natural behavior of the dry season and that Irrigation has carried out “a deep cleaning so that any surplus can arrive as quickly as possible.
One of the obstacles regarding the power of action over the lagoon is given by the limitations imposed by the Water Law because the Leyes-Tulumaya collector, of which this wetland is a part, is not included in the water distribution system managed by Irrigation .
In the Provincial Legislature, in addition to the general treatment of wetland protection that is taking its course in the Senate, in the Deputies a environmental emergency declaration project for the Arroyo Leyes Wetland System – Tulumaya.
The same was presented last week by the deputy Emanuel Fuggazzotto, of the Green Party, who states among the foundations of his project that “the Soria and Viborón lagoons have been invaded by real estate projects and have suffered a historic drought in recent years” .
Photos and videos that reflect the state of the Laguna del Viborón wetland
Lavalle opened a public consultation to create the Laguna de Soria wetland protected natural area
Through the Departments of Environment and Territorial Development and Habitat, the municipality scheduled for the friday may 20from 4 to 8 pm, at the House of Culture, a day of Public Consultation.
This call, addressed to individuals, legal entities, public, private, non-governmental organizations and the general public, will put to the consideration of the sectors involved, the project “Creation of Municipal Natural Protected Area, Laguna de Soria Wetland”.
Nancy Griffone, head of Territorial Planning of Lavalle, explained in a statement issued by the municipality that “being the Laguna de Soria a place that includes a common good that is water, such a sensitive issue for Lavalle, we consider that the best way to be able to generate the tools to see how we are going to take care of and preserve this site, whether it is participatory or whether we can all collaborate and thus generate different ways for the community to get involved with this issue”.
To participate in the Public Consultation it is necessary to analyze the document “Environmental Diagnosis of Laguna de Soria, Management Plan, Preliminary Zoning and Work Plan”, which is available at www.lavallemendoza.gob.ar
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