“You can’t call it sustainable when you cut down the mangrove,” Paul Sanchez-Navarro Russell is in the middle of a rant about hotel development. I’m sure he has no shortage of these as the director of an ecology conservation organization.
“There are solutions to the problems [Akumal faces] in resource destruction and bad management,” Paul continues. “But [these solutions] need to take precedence over the immediate economic interests of a few.”
Obvious, yes, though it’s this message that needs to be said and said loudly if Akumal has any hopes for reducing human impact and recovering what it’s lost so far.
Having worked in environmental policy for years now, it’s clear Paul is up for the challenge, if not inspired by it.