Deal #858

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Chiapas, México

Target country
Mexico
Comment on location
Chiapas The whole project (Centro Integral Palenque - CIP) involves: Catazajá, Chilón, Ocosingo, Salto del Agua, Tumbalá y Palenque

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
58000
Comment on land area
The case is about the construction by federal mexican state of a 175 km toll road between the "touristy pole" of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Palenque. Acoording to the government's plan, the road will cross lands of Bachajón ejido and the land "recuperated" by zapatists in Bolom Ajaw through the occupation of plantation in 2001. (A new farming community called Nueva Arena was created here.)

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Tourism
Comment on intention of investment
Hotel, conference centre, golf place, logia

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2008] Failed (Negotiations failed)
[2013] Intended (Under negotiation)
Comment on negotiation status
In 2013 the project is trying to be reactivated (the government). In 2009, the road construction stopped because of the resistance of various indigenous groups participants in La Otra Campaña (zapatist current) against the land dispossession it implicates. Resistance is concentrated in Mitzitón (at 15 km from San Cristóbal) and San Sebastián Bachajón ejido (Chilón municipality, at 70 km from Palenque, near Agua Azul and Bolom Ajaw touristy areas).

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
but the project is planned to the private investment

 

Network of parent companies and tertiary investors/lenders. Please right-click the nodes to get more details.

Legend
  • Is parent company of
  • Is tertiary investor/lender of
  • Left-click to reveal related parent companies and tertiary investors/lenders.
  • Right-click on investors to get more information.
  • Left-click to hide related parent companies and tertiary investors/lenders.

Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-01-01
Comment on data source
"Chiapas: The Reconquest of Recuperated Land", Written by Mary Ann Tenuto (founding member of the Chiapas Support Committee in Oakland, California), Wednesday, 28 April 2010.

Data source #2

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2011-01-01

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-07-31
Comment on data source
Project description

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2013-04-10
Comment on data source
the project is planned to be reactivated.

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-02-17
Comment on data source
Fray Bartolome Casas inform for the conflict against the people

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-06-18

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-03-13

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-03-30

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted
Comment on consultation of local community
The Zapatistas claims against the project development and for the respect to the decision of the people, they don't want the project

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
There had had in 2008 to 2011 different reactions against the project with conflicts between the people of Bolom Ajaw and official forces.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)
Community

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Conservation

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Forest land

Overall comment

Overall comment
Import of error check - Coordinator's overview comment: Not land acquisition? Review. See comments. Import of error check - Reviewer's overview comment: This case is linked to mexican government's orientation to luxurious international tourism as a capitalist development strategy, without taking care to local impacts, and to the specific context of "low intensity war" in Chiapas since the 1994 zapatist uprising. The toll road between Palenque and San Cristobal is the axis of a luxurious touristy project that according to Chiapas government will make of the state the “second Cancún”, in the frame of the Touristy National Agreement by Calderón’s federal government. This project is painted as ecological to be sold in the global carbon market, for what Chiapas signed an agreement with California State. The toll road has become a flashpoint of conflict between pro-government communities (in favor of the toll road) and pro-Zapatista communities (opposed to the toll road) located along its anticipated trajectory. The project is traying to be reactivated (2013)

May 14, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

overwritten

This version

Compare with previous version

March 2, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

overwritten

Show this version

Compare with previous version

Jan. 29, 2016, 8:57 p.m.

overwritten

Show this version

Compare with previous version

Nov. 20, 2013, 8:35 p.m.

overwritten

Show this version

Compare with previous version

Aug. 13, 2013, 2:13 p.m.

overwritten

Show this version

Compare with previous version

March 20, 2013, 8:17 p.m.

overwritten

Show this version

Compare with previous version

Feb. 15, 2013, 5 p.m.

active

Show this version

First version

There are no comments to this deal yet.

Add a comment

(mandatory)
(mandatory)
(mandatory)

I've read and agree to the Data Policy.