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31 May 2016

Antonio Tello, SinEmbargo (México)

Construction of thematic park affects peasants and environment in Nayarit

…As golf courses and hotels multiply, the tourism consortium Grupo Vidanta, builds the first thematic park in the world of the famous Canadian company…Cirque du Soleil, suffocating the population of Jarretaderas, an old town of peasants and fishermen in the region of Bahía de Banderas…But it also runs over its neighbors in Nuevo Vallarta taking the streets and public paths, as well as the land for the local school. [Also, the project is] modifying the riverbed and grabbing the island in the delta, mangroves and beaches while destroying the habitat and affecting fisheries…According to an academic document…this tourism complex…has been buying parcels to “ejidatarios” [local landowners] of the neighbor town of Jadarretas using “not the best practices”…Vidanta´s security has also limited the access [to the beach]… “There is no question the habitat of the crocodile is being destructed”, says biologist… “The crocodile goes upper river or searches an exit from the devastated area and, in consequence, there are risks for locals”… “Grupo Vidanta is taking us out, they have the government on their side and corruption, but we will fight” [says local]…

[This is a non official abstract and translation by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre; the complete article is available only in Spanish here