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16 Jan 2013

Ground-breaking on “Centenario” Ecological Park

  • The government of Tamaulipas and Tampico City Hall, together with Grupo Tampico and FEMSA, represented by FEMSA Foundation, OXXO and Coca-Cola FEMSA, collaborate in the construction of an ecological park situated beside Carpintero Lagoon
  • The project's investment is over 10 million pesos, and it will open to the public on July 2013

Tampico, Tamaulipas, January 16, 2013.- Mangroves are groups of trees acting as bridges between marine and land species, helping mitigate hurricanes’ damaging effects and preventing the erosion of the coast. This ecosystem, located next to the Carpintero Lagoon in the heart of the city, will play a major role in the new Tampico Ecological Park, driven by a public-private alliance among Tampico City Hall, the government of Tamaulipas, Grupo Tampico and FEMSA, participating via FEMSA Foundation, FEMSA Comercio and Coca-Cola FEMSA.

Roberto Fleishman, CEO of Grupo Tampico, stated “very few cities around the world have a lagoon downtown and so many natural resources where you can combine family, sports, and recreational activities which will be supplemented with the Centenario Ecological Park in benefit of the society.”

The project intends the Park to become an alternative for recreation with a high pedagogical, didactic and environmental potential for the population in general; to achieve this, an investment in the order of 10.4 million pesos is foreseen, these resources will be used to adapt the space with bicycle paths, trails, a mega water fountain, and several gardens with native, tropical and exotic specimens amongst other attractions.

“Projects like this multiply the expected benefits because they involve the population and motivate alliances between the public and private sectors; thanks to this confluence of wills, the positive impact on the community is amplified,” said Ernesto Silva Almaguer, Coca-Cola FEMSA Director for Mexico and Central America.

Ecological parks help maintain ecosystems in urban landscapes by tending to the region´s biodiversity, boosting an environmental balance and involving the society with the promotion of their surrounding´s care and the respect for nature; moreover, they become attractive zones for family reunions and the study of flora and fauna.

“We trust that the Ecological Park will help increasing and improving the recreational green areas offering for Tampico’s communities and the protection of important local and domestic species essential for Tampico’s ecological balance,” said Vidal Garza Cantú, FEMSA Foundation Director.

The project is located in an area of more than 160 thousand square meters (39.54 acres) at the intersection of Fidel Velázquez Blvd. and Adolfo López Mateos Blvd. Construction will go on for 6 months and it is intended for general public availability on July 2013.

The cutting ceremony had the presence of the Governor of Tamaulipas, Egidio Torre Cantú, and the mayors of Tampico´s metropolitan area: Magdalena Peraza Guerra, Mayor of Tampico, Jaime Turrubiates Solís, Mayor of Cd. Madero, and Sergio Carrillo Estrada, Mayor of Altamira.

Also present were, Herman H. Fleishman, President of Grupo Tampico, Roberto Fleishman, CEO of Grupo Tampico, Ernesto Silva Almaguer, Director of Coca-Cola FEMSA for Mexico and Central America, as well as state and county government officials, education, chambers and civil society authorities.

About Coca-Cola FEMSA

Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. produces and distributes Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Del Valle and other products of The Coca-Cola Company brands in Mexico (an important part of Central Mexico, including Mexico City, and Southwest and Northeast Mexico), Guatemala (Guatemala City and vicinity) Nicaragua (nationwide) Costa Rica (nationwide), Panama (nationwide), Colombia (most of the country), Venezuela (nationwide), Brasil (São Paulo, Campiñas, Santos ,the province of Mato Grosso do Sul, part of the province of Goias and part of the province of Minas Gerais), Argentina (Buenos Aires and vicinity) and the Phillipines (nationwide), in addition to bottled water, juices, teas, isotonics, beer and other beverages in some of these territories. The Company has 37 bottling plants in Latin American countries and serves over 1’800,000 retailers in the region.

About FEMSA Foundation

FEMSA Foundation is a social investment instrument supporting both the conservation and sustainable use of water and the improvement of community quality of life with education, science and applied technology. Its department of Sustainable Development of Water Resources funnels resources to projects oriented to the conservation and sustainable use of water in order to protect ecosystems of Latin America, not only for today but for future generations. It is divided in three programs: Watershed Conservation, Water and Sanitation and Capacity Building and Applied Research. Moreover, the department of Quality of Life is focused on backing projects oriented to improving nutrition and health amongst our communities’ population. Its two programs are: Capacity Building and Applied Research and Intelligent Nutrition and Physical Activity.

About FEMSA Comercio

FEMSA Comercio operates OXXO, the largest store chain in Mexico and Latin America, for more than 30 years and in over 10,000 locations throughout Mexico and Colombia.

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