José Medina Mora Icaza, President of the Federation of Employers of the Republic of Mexico (coparmix), He demanded electricity reform and any other policy of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government must comply with the obligations of the Paris Agreement, which prevents further water pollution and endangers the sustainability of the planet.
“This is why we consider that discussing potential electrical reform or any public policy, which could cause greater pollution, cannot fail to comply with these obligations (Paris Agreement) because the sustainability of the planet will be at risk,” the entrepreneur commented in a day World Water on March 22nd.
The representative of the trade body recalls that climate change is wreaking havoc, and the planet is getting warmer every time, causing droughts and extreme rains.
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The leader of the employers’ union stated that the Paris Agreement sets out international obligations to find substantive solutions to the water crisis and its scarcity.
Our biodiversity depends on water, which is one of our wealth. Mexico is an enviable country in terms of natural resources. But what is undeniable is that we are going through an additional crisis that we can and must mitigate and prevent so that it does not worsen further: water scarcity.”
Sonora, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas were among the entities hardest hit by the drought, but the already critical shortage situation in Nuevo Leon, which has declared a state of emergency, stands out. Monterrey has reserves for only 25 days, the president said. From Coparmix.
He added that Mexico has been getting warmer since the 1960s, as well as average nationwide temperatures rising by 0.85 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures by 1.3 degrees Celsius.
“The number of cold days has decreased since the 1960s and there are more warm nights,” said Jose Medina Mora Icaza.
On World Water Day, Coparmex outlined how to make the aspiration for everyone to have access to water possible in the face of an increasingly adverse reality due to the effects of climate change.
José Medina Mora Icaza commented that approximately 15 million people do not have access to drinking water and 30 percent of the population does not have sufficient quality or quantity in Mexico.
The Coparmex leader called on the public sector to invest more and better in infrastructure.
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“We celebrate that the 2022 physical investment budget has seen a real increase of 17.6% compared to 2021, and this will put it at its highest level since 2017 and will represent 3.1% of GDP,” he said.
He noted that spending on physical investment is highly focused and earmarked for items that are not necessarily linked to improving the environment or water, the Coparmix president added.
He added that 44 pesos out of every 100 pesos spent on material investment will go to fuel and energy, and it is also earmarked for priority business of the administration, which means that it is concentrated in a few entities.
“62% of spending on physical investment will be spent in Campeche, Tabasco and Mexico City, as well as investment in water will be 6300 million pesos.”
There are still significant delays in this matter: about 2 million homes in Mexico do not have decent sanitation services and 1.2 million do not have drinking water, the Coparmex chief explained.
The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) has announced that an average annual investment of 49 billion pesos for 20 years is needed to achieve sustainability and water security in Mexico.
He said that there should be cooperation between the public and private sectors, and it would be necessary to improve and modernize the country’s hydraulic infrastructure.
But an important factor for more investment to arrive is ensuring legal certainty. Private investment in water and sanitation services in the country has been limited.
The most recent number available, from 2015, was $1,425 million, according to the Americas Regional Process. Mexico document, presented at the 8th World Water Forum in 2018, held in Brazil.
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“This record, since 1993, was 36% higher than that recorded in 2014. Data from Konagwa show that from 1992 to 2010, only 33 private sharing contracts were executed, and 70% of the CPOT (construction, acquisition, operating, and transfer),” the businessman declared.
“To facilitate more investment, both public and private, a broad debate is required that will lead us to a modern law on water,” he concluded.