Brazil a main contributor to the sargassum problem has yet to confirm assistance
Cancún, – Within hours of announcing that the attendance of at least 25 countries was confirmed at the High Level Meeting for Sargasso Care in the Greater Caribbean, it transpired that the event, scheduled for this 28th May, was postponed for a date to be defined.
In the event, which began to be promoted for several months and whose organization was left in the hands of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) to give formality, the participation of representatives of governments, businessmen and specialists in the subject of sargassum was scheduled, in order to seek a solution to this plague.
José Chapur Zahoul, president of the Palace Group, who made available food for a week for the event, confirmed that the meeting was canceled due to “electoral abstinence in Quintana Roo, since elections will take place on June 2”.
Speaking to Infoqroo, the hotel manager said that the so-called “Sargasso Summit” was postponed until further notice, “but we hope it will be in less than a month.”
The cancellation of the meeting has generated confusion because it is an event in which it was expected that a multinational program to combat sargassum would be agreed upon.
According to the official preliminary program of the meeting, two keynote addresses and a dialogue panel with specialists from the United States were considered.
Cancun, Q.R. — The government of Quintana Roo has confirmed the attendance of 25 countries for an upcoming conference to address the ongoing sargasso issue that has plagued much of Latin America.
La Secretaría estatal del Medio Ambiente (state secretary of environment) made the announcement in a public message, saying that some of the countries confirmed include the United States, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama.
The conference, which is now to be rescheduled, will see affected countries analyze and agree on actions to deal with the arrival of seaweed along the coasts of the Caribbean beaches. Other countries that will be attending include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad, and Tobago as well as Haiti, Guadeloupe, Belize, and Jamaica.
According to the official preliminary program, the meeting will include addressing the Current situation of sargassum in the Greater Caribbean, The conditions for international cooperation in the Greater Caribbean and Steps for the construction of a common agenda.
Last weekend, navy ships reported collecting 10 tons of seaweed offshore in the areas of Punta Cancun, Punta Nizuc, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.
Daily cleaning efforts are made manually by volunteers, municipal agencies and hotels in a bid to keep beaches clean and free of Sargasso.
Source: riviera maya news, palcoquintanarroense, INFOQROO
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