They received the distinction for the second consecutive year, thanks to their environmental and social quality.
Seven beaches in Yucatán, Río Lagartos, Celestún, Telchac, Sisal, Cancunito, San Felipe, and El Cuyo, received for the second consecutive year the Platinum Beaches certification for their environmental and social quality standards, a distinction that comes to contribute to the efforts of the Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal to attract more tourism and boost economic activity and job creation in these communities.
After the evaluation visit by the auditors of the Mexican Institute for Standardization and Certification, the body in charge of said process, it was found that these points meet the requirements to obtain a re-certification in this area.
As part of this methodology, the result of the evaluation highlights that the beaches reduced their percentage of contamination by up to 94 percent in Celestún; in Telchac, contamination was reduced by 88 percent, in Sisal by 74 percent, in Cancunito by 93 percent, in San Felipe 87 percent and in El Cuyo 71 percent.
Platino Beaches is a certification granted by the Mexican Institute for Standardization and Certification and has the vision of making the country’s beaches known for their scenic beauty, environmental excellence, being pollution-free; good security, facilities, signage with relevant information on each beach and universal accessibility.
It should be noted that in 2019, the Government of Yucatan, headed by Mauricio Vila Dosal, submitted to the Mexican Institute for Standardization and Certification a total of 3.7 km of coastline, divided into seven Yucatecan beaches, to obtain the certificate as Platinum Beaches; four of them are in some Biosphere Reserve and two more in State Reserves.
The methodology certifies that the beaches with this distinction meet the requirements of being beaches free of solid waste, hazardous waste, oil or petroleum derivatives, or feces. Also, they have signage with care information, protection of the coastal ecosystem and security measures for visitors, urban solid waste bin stations on the beach and away from the sea, among other requirements.
In order to maintain the quality standard required by this certification, each of these beaches has a working group that, for the most part, is made up of women with whom specific actions are organized such as monthly beach and mangrove cleanups, sterilization for domestic fauna and training in tourism.