BRAZIL, July 27, 2016. The Indigenous Land Bar Mundaú, belonging to the Tremembé people in Itapipoca (EC), has obtained the administrative ruling issued by the Ministry of Justice in August 2015, with 3,580 hectares. Since 2002, the community of Tremembé people waged a fight against the construction of a tourist megaproject called New Atlantis, in its territory.
In 2005, the Federal Public Ministry in Ceara filed a lawsuit against the company, also requesting the annulment of the environmental permit issued by the State Environmental Superintendency (Semace) for the project installation. On Tuesday (27), construction of tourist development and nullifying the environmental license the Federal Court’s decision was announced prevented.
In the ruling, Judge Marcelo Sampaio Pimentel Rock, the 27th Court, cited the UN Rapporteur’s statement for indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, in a recent visit to Brazil, on the threat to the livelihood of the indigenous communities before the implementation of major projects infrastructure and exploitation by the private sector in their territory.
The New Atlantis project would consist of a consortium of eight business groups, consisting of 27 domestic and foreign companies, coordinated by a Spanish group. The group intended to raise the tourist-residential complex in the world, whose creators have come to call “Brazilian Cancun”. The disclosure, the project would occupy an area of 3.1 hectares in order to conduct 27 five-star hotel complexes, with almost 100 000 beds, residential luxury, seven golf courses and a marina.
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