The UMA program, the Normative Guide of the Indigenous People and Wildlife, were some of the topics presented during the activity.
The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Mexico, as part of the Integral Program “Children of Mother Earth,” on July 5th, 2016, organized, along with the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) of Zacatecas, an educational workshop under the government program “Unity of Environment Management (UMA).
The auditorium of the Zacatecano Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Cozcyt) was the place where more than 150 people received lessons, whose objective was to inform the participants on the mechanisms and guidelines that the Federal Government manages through the UMA program.
The activity counted with the assistance of authorities from the indigenous people of the regions: Nayarit, Durango, Chihuahua, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Zacatecas; representatives of the social Program “Children of Mother Earth,” and Activists for Peace.
The workshop started with the presentation “Environmental Administration in Mexico,” given by the federal delegate of the Semarnat in Zacatecas, Julio Cesar Nava, where he explained that the institution counts with a wide legal administrative structure.
Among the Government organizations and institutions that function as a normative, executive, and examining system, and form part of the federal environment sector of the Semarnat, located in: Conagua, Conanp, Profepa, Conabio, Conafor, Inecc, and ASEA.
“The intention of this event is to reach an agreement where we can generate the initial conditions to reach agreements that allow us to take better care of the environment but also to preserve traditions.”
Miguel Diaz, chief of the Unity of Wildlife in the Federal Delegation of Semarnat, spoke on the topic of: “Subsidy for the use of Wildlife, through Environmental Management Unity;” and revealed the UMA program.
Diaz, disclosed that UMA seeks to strengthen the integral management of the habitat, the populations, and species of native wildlife, with its conservation and sustainable use.
He also made reference to the importance of the food chain for the preservation of life on Earth. Diaz, said:
“If a species is in danger of extinction, we have to work so that it reproduces; and if a species is overpopulated, to help control it. The ecosystem is what produces the life of a determined species; by protecting a specie, you independently protect everything.”
To finalize the presentation, Attorney Francisco Martinez, manager of the Enlace de Ordenamiento Territorial in the Federal Delegation of the Semarnat, presented the topic “The Normative Guide of the Indigenous People applicable to the administrative processes of the Semarnat.”
Martinez, emphasized that the work carried out in this native community, impacts in the administrative process for negotiations, based on the Carta Magna, in the Convention 169 of the International Organization of the Work (IOW) for the Indigenous Peoples, and the Declaration of the United Nations upon the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples.
The general purpose of the UMA is to protect and conserve the biodiversity in Mexico through the valuable use of wildlife. The GEAP through these environmental activities looks to rescue the ancestral culture and take it as an example to reconnect the human beings with the Mother Earth, and help her restoration.