This Tuesday, was presented a new edition of ‘Cuál es tu Plan’ (What’s Your Plan?) as part of Plan País for Venezuela. In this opportunity the experts spoke about the developing ecocide in the country and that has severely affected the protected territory and that the regime has orchestraded.
On this occasion participated: the journalist specialized in sustainable tourism, Valentina Quintero; the deputy and President of the Environment Commission of the National Assembly, María Gabriela Hernández; and the Secretary of Parliament and Political Coordinator of Plan País Turismo, Ángelo Palmeri.
Citizenship active in environmental protection
“We Venezuelans are recovering it (damaged areas) because the regime doesn’t care and it has been precisely the civil society that stood forward for the country and has committed to contain the damage when ecological tragedies have occurred due to the inefficiency and ignorance of the regime as is the case of the oil spill in Morrocoy National Park,” warned journalist Valentina Quintero who assured that the dictatorship has been appropriating the protected areas of the indigenous peoples to exploit the mines, in many cases illegally.
Quintero explained that Venezuela was a pioneer in regulating the use and management of National Parks and protected areas in the 1970s but warned that this is not only outdated but dead and unfulfilled. “We cannot allow the regime to destroy nature, because we are no longer an oil country – after the destruction of PDVSA – so our future, the reconstruction of Venezuela and its future economy depends on sustainable tourism and therefore on its natural resources,” she warned.
The journalist who has worked with Plan País warned that the ecocide produced by the spill in the waters of Morrocoy is not the only thing that has affected the National Park. “We are talking about boats that have destroyed the corals, inns that have destroyed the mangroves, birds that have disappeared because of the illegal poaching. As we are talk about the polution that has been produced by the illegal mining in Canaima, the contamination of the rivers with Mercury, the destruction that has been caused by the (pressure pump) hoses. Damages that in many cases are irreparable and in others will take a long time to recover,” she denounced.
Sustainable Economic Model
The President of the Environmental Commission of the National Assembly, María Gabriela Hernández, said that in view of this situation it is vital to renew the legislation protecting the environment in Venezuela in order to stop the damage to the territory and begin the recovery process.
Hernández explained that the National Assembly has been working on “reestablishing environmental institutions, strengthening all the organizations that serve to protect the environment, also recovering and safeguarding parks, building forest reserves so that our forests and protected areas are of economic benefit and benefit to the world, recovering treatment plants and cleaning up rivers.”
The congresswoman who has also been working with Plan País warned that Amazonas is not only important for Venezuelans, it is a lung for humanity, so it is our obligation to protect this natural asset.
For the representative of the state of Monagas it will be essential to attract the population that today lives from illegal mining to other sustainable activities, but she warned that to achieve all this it is fundamental to achieve a political change that allows the renter economic model focused on the extraction of oil to be directed towards a sustainable economic model that converts tourism into a priority.
Sustainable tourism for the reconstruction of the country
Sustainable tourism for social inclusion that generates jobs is possible in Venezuela, according to the Political Coordinator of Plan País Turismo, Angelo Palmeri, since in his opinion the country has the human capital, the political will of the Legitimate Government and the necessary legislation to achieve it.
The parliamentarian said that one of the most significant advances of Plan País Turismo is having formed “a work team with people like Valentina Quintero or María Gabriela Hernández. “For the first time we have been able to form an coherent team – made up of people dedicated to tourism, businesspeople, fishermen, politicians and citizens – who agree on the need for a sustainable development model.
Regarding the Country Plan proposals in this area, Palmeri said that tourism is being worked on from three sides. First is the legal aspect, with the renewal of legislation for environmental protection. “There are many agreements. The ecological issue is a constant concern and has been promoted weekly in the Assembly sessions. We are working on what has to be done to stop the disaster, to invalidate degradation processes and permits given illegally in protectied areas”.
With respect to the political side, Plan País proposes zero tolerance for acts that affect nature: “In order for the national territory to truly recover, we need to bring order to the chaos that has been generated,” said the also Secretary of the National Parliament.
The technical side, according to Palmeri, is focused on human capital, both inside and outside Venezuela, interested in contributing to the country’s reconstruction. “There is human capital, political will and laws that will be implemented for recovery once political change is achieved.”
Palmeri mentioned that the proposals to be presented to international organizations, such as UNESCO and the Amazon Parliament, are being gathered to ask for international help to protect the country’s ecological assets: “The important thing is that when we can give viability to the projects to get the help, we will be able to give the tools to rescue our assets and fundamental values to the NGOs and organizations that want to help in the reconstruction of Venezuela”.