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Huatulco. A sustainable destination

Article - November 2, 2012
Located in Oaxaca state by the Pacific Coast, Huatulco is the world's first community awarded with the Earth Check Gold
Since 1984, Fonatur, Mexico’s leader in Integrally Planned Resort (IPR) development has been conditioning the community of Huatulco to be a fully sustainable IPR with unprecedented beauty.  

Thus far, the community has risen to the challenge of supporting a growing tourism industry while maintaining the feel of an undiscovered paradise through several initiatives set forth by Fonatur, beginning with the ‘2025 Grand Sustainability Plan for Huatulco’. From this was born the Sustainability Commission of 2004, under which Huatulco became the world’s first community awarded with the Earth Check Gold.  

Huatulco is located on the southern coast of the Mexican Pacific, just a short drive from Oaxaca, the state’s capital and cultural center. Its nine bays, 36 beaches, national park, mountains, and valleys and hillsides irrigated by the Coyula, San Agustin and Copalita rivers, are just a few of the natural wonders that draw tourists to the area. These, along with the comfortable climate make this developing paradise even more ideal for both tourists and investors.  

The landscape offers the courageous tourist ample opportunity for hiking, rock climbing, boating and exploring, while the leisurely vacationer can visit a local coffee plantation or enjoy a day trip to Oaxaca. The investor meanwhile, finds success in working side by side with an eager community that feels tourism is a priority and is anxious to show its potential.    

Longevity of investments in the local economy is insured by the Huatulco community’s willingness and desire to create a fully sustainable tourism-based economy. It is dedicated to developing the area with as little impact to the environment as possible. More than one-third of the 18,000 inhabitants are educated in energy conservation and new efforts are being made all the time to improve waste reduction.

One such effort is the construction of a new landfill site aimed at reducing waste by an additional 80 per cent through the collection of recyclable items in the area. In addition to the landfill, every school will have its own waste collection site and children will be instructed in the importance of waste management.

To investors’ delight, Huatulco has met, and exceeded, Fonatur’s expectations for becoming a fully sustainable IPR. It not only supports a successful industry for tourism today but thanks to careful planning, appears to have a successful future as well.