Due to contamination and overexploitation of water sources, Mexico is in the midst of a water disaster, said the director of the Institute of Nature and Society of Oaxaca (INSO AC), Juan José Consejo Dueñas, during the 42nd Assembly of the Oaxacan Water Forum, which was held in San Agustín Etla with the assistance of 18 communities, 8 civil society organizations, 5 government agencies and 4 academic institutions.
The participants in the meeting to analyze the initiative to reform the National Water Law presented by the President of the Republic Enrique Peña Nieto, agreed that the Law violates the human right to water and the self-determination of indigenous peoples.
"The current legislation separates the water from the territories, which means the possibility of awarding concessions without consulting the communities that own the lands," explained the director of INSO.
The official initiative, the specialist explained, allows contamination and declares industrial uses such as fracking of public interest, penalizes research and is aimed at the private sector.
Dueñas Council defended the citizen proposal of the General Water Law that was made by a wide list of civil and academic organizations from all over the country and that changes the centralized, vertical and bureaucratic perspective that prevails in the official initiative, therefore, it invited the assistants to contribute with their signatures to demand that this initiative, which has already been presented in the Chamber of Deputies, be considered by legislators.
SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF ZAPOTEC PEOPLES
On another topic, the FOA Assembly joined the demands of the Zapotec communities of Ocotlán and Zimatlán so that the consultation protocol established by the CNA, for the modification of the closure of the Central Valleys aquifer, is not a mere instructive but rather a governing document attached to the protection of human rights and that includes the broad participation of the communities.
Finally, those attending the Assembly decided to continue supporting the residents of the Guelaguetza neighborhood, who presented a legal defense against the construction project of the Cultural and Convention Center in Cerro del Fortín. It was defined to continue with the technical and legal monitoring of the process and to ratify the agreement established in Assembly 4, which considers that any project is viable with three conditions: that it has technical and comprehensive elements, that it strictly complies with the laws and that have the informed consent of those affected, neighbors and inhabitants of the city of Oaxaca.