Eighty-four people from the “El Bosque” community, in southern Mexico, were evacuated to Frontera village (12 km far from El Bosque) on November 1, 2023, due to sea level rise and the devastating effects of the climate crisis. Mexican authorities promised to relocate the community in April 2023 in the face of the terrible impacts of sea level rise that has threatened the community since 2019. Despite the continued destruction of homes and critical infrastructure, the relocation has not yet materialized. The Mexican State must guarantee the human rights of the people from El Bosque in face of the current humanitarian emergency, and immediately provide participatory and just relocation.
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President of México
Plaza De La Constitución S/N Palacio Nacional,
Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México,
México C.P. 06067
Mexican Embassy in the United States
Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma Barragán
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20006
Phone: (202) 728-1600
Email: [email protected]
Mr. President López Obrador,
I’m deeply concerned about the dire situation faced by 84 residents of El Bosque, Tabasco, due to rising sea levels intensified by the climate crisis. On November 1, they were evacuated due to a tidal wave caused by Cold Front 8 (Frente Frío 8). Currently, 69 people are in a temporary shelter in “Frontera” village (12 km far from El Bosque), and the rest have returned to the community or moved to other villages. This situation is significantly more distressing, given the promises made by your Government in April 2023 that they will be safely relocated urgently.
The community has reported significant losses and damage, including the destruction of homes, loss of infrastructure, and the alarming infiltration of sea water to the water wells.
We urgently request that your government expedite the relocation process of El Bosque, ensuring it is participatory and just, always guaranteeing the human rights of the affected people. We also urge your government to take measures to prevent, reduce, and mitigate the risks, losses, and damages caused by climate change, like robust mitigation and adaptation measures based on human rights.