Lake Chapala Real Estate’s Natural Beauty finds Protection in Local Organizations
Article by Jaime Niembro
One of the most attractive parts of buying Lake Chapala Real Estate is, of course, Lake Chapala itself, offering beautiful views of its water and the hills beyond, and a moderate climate. The natural beauty of the area around the lake makes Lake Chapala Real Estate perfect for country drives, biking, evening walks, horse back riding, and many other activities, not to mention just a pleasant place to live in. For this reason various groups of residents have organized themselves in the area to protect the nature, the cleanliness and the visual image of the lake and its watershed. These groups not only offer ongoing commitment to keeping Lake Chapala clean and beautiful, but also offer an opportunity for real estate owners to become involved.
One such organization is called “Corazon de la Tierra,” or in English “Heart of the Earth.” In addition to their efforts to protect the Lake Chapala area, they have also been making efforts to bring international attention to the Lake’s natural setting. At the World Lake Congress, which was held in Wuhan, China, from November 1-5, the organization presented the work they have carried out in the conservation and management of Lake Chapala and its watershed. In this work, the organization has the backing of the Ministry of Environment for Sustainable Development (SEMADES).
Monica Reyes Garrido, general director of Environmental Protection in the agency, said at a news conference early in November that the involvement of the environmental organization at the conference would help in bringing attention and support to the effort they have made over the past few years for Lake Chapala.
Alejandro Juarez, president of “Heart of the Earth,” explained that as part of the work that has taken place, the organization has also established a Center for Environmental Culture and devised a program for managing the lake basin. Centers such as this one are an excellent way for residents to begin involvement in such work, if they choose, or go just to find out what’s going on.
A new, more involved program is being coordinated by SEMADES along with the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas. It is expected to go into operation in January 2010.
In the previous World Congress of Lakes in Jaipur, India, Heart of the Earth was given the 2007 Kasumigaura Award, for the role it played in preserving Mexico’s largest natural reservoir.
Lake Chapala Real Estate will benefit from the ongoing cleanliness and attractiveness of the lake, the preservation of which is helped by efforts such as these. Some real estate buyers from the U.S. or Canada have also been involved in such efforts back home, and may be interested to be involved in similar efforts here. Or, as mentioned above, others may just wish to go and find information at the Center for Environmental Culture. In any case, we will all continue to enjoy the beautiful, green, countryside around the area.
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