Prevent development destroying Argentinian wildlife

 View of wetlands and trees

Photo: Ribera Conurbano Sur

A proposed development on the coast near Buenos Aires, Argentina, threatens ecological reserves and local communities.

Transnational corporation Techint wants to build a development called “New coast of the River Plate” in an area that is home to insects, birds and mammals, one of the few surviving in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. The wetland helps purify the waters of the rivers Plate and Bernal.

Techint claim that the luxury 620-hectare development of housing and businesses will create wealth that would trickle down to the poorest in society.

The only information they give is that the works for the development will be located in a wetland area on the shore of the River Plate which is the border witth Uruguay.

The area is home to animals that are unique in Argentina, thus its strategic environmental value.

The environmental impact study submitted by Techint mixes business interests with environmental value of the affected region.

The Regional Forum in Defence of the River Plate, Health and the Environment said this mega-project destroying the river’s marginal forest would badly damage the ecosystem. This has already been damaged by a subsidiary of Techint landfilling for the last 26 years.

Argentinian law says that anyone causing environmental damage is responsible for its restitution. However, Techint’s has profited from the landfill and it now aims to profit by building on top of it.

Friends of the Earth Argentina supports this citizen struggle to defend the ecosystem.

Please copy and paste this letter into a new e-mail, add your own thoughts and name and address, and send to Francisco Gutierrez, The Mayor of Quilmes telling him to reject the planning application.

 


 

Subject: The New coast of the River Plate development

Dear Sr Gutierrez

I am very concerned by media reports of a proposed development in the city of Quilmes by Techint called “New coast of the River Plate”.

The development is in a wetland area that is home to insects, birds and mammals, one of the few surviving in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. This wetland helps purify the waters of the rivers Plate and Bernal.

The area is home to animals that are unique in Argentina and of strategic environmental value. Destroying the river’s marginal forest would badly damage the ecosystem. I understand that this area has already been damaged by a subsidiary of Techint landfilling for the last 26 years.

I am sure that you are aware that Argentinian law says that anyone causing environmental damage is responsible for its restitution. However, Techint now proposes to build on top of the landfill.

The claims by Techint that the development will create wealth does not justify destroying a source of oxygen and water that people need to live.

Please make sure that the Honourable City Council of Quilmes rejects this development proposal and that the damaged wetlands are restored.

Yours sincerely