Sunday, June 7, 2009

DISASTER IN CROOKED TREE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY! ENVIRONMENTAL NGO’s HAVE “LOCK JAW”!


REP. EDMOND "CLEAR THE LAND" CASTRO: OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE WESTERN LAGOON CAUSEWAY

SUPPORTERS OF REP. CASTRO IN CROOKED TREE VILLAGE

ENTRANCE TO BLACKBURN
ON THE ROAD TO BLACKBURN: THE CAUSEWAY ACROSS THE WESTERN LAGOON, THE MATERIALS TO FILL THE ROAD WAS USED FROM THE DRAINAGE CANALS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CAUSEWAY.

Crooked Tree is a beautiful island village! This is a village rich with natural and cultural history. It’s the only inland island of significance in the country and probably this entire hemisphere. This is one of the reasons that the international community was quick to name it a RAMSAR site. But despite this RAMSAR designation, this land area seems to illustrate that the “ministah dah Boss” culture is alive and well. The Minister do not have to adhere to the environmental regulations and after the scare they gave to SATIM, it seems that every other environmental NGO has gotten “Lock Jaw.” Everyone is afraid to speak! We all must be reminded that we must speak out when we witness a wrongdoing or else we will continue to be in this turmoil that now exists in our country. Let us remember a wise saying by the Great Phillip Goldson, “The time to save our country is before we lose it.”

Let me continue by clarifying that I am not against development; I am against senseless development that can be classified as crimes against the environment. I love Belize and that’s why I am speaking out since APAMO has gotten “Lock Jaw.” The road across the Crooked Tree Lagoon can, and should be, classified as a crime against the environment. We did the exact thing about twenty-five years ago and we all saw the damage that it caused. Now we are repeating the same mistake and it seems that we have learned nothing over the years.

We all can remember a time when Crooked Tree had nice swimming areas with a hard-bottom lagoon ideal for recreation among many other things. But now these areas have become mud pits. It used to be fun to swim there but not now! This is because a road was built across the lagoon and the bridges were not put in place until several years later. What is amazing is that this is happening again and the people of the village have said nothing publicly. Many of them benefit from the tourism dollars and they are standing there watching a minister killing the goose that’s laying the golden egg yet jaws remain locked.

I fully support the road across the lagoon if it is done right. This can be done where it is a win-win situation for everyone. If only the minister would follow the environmental compliance plan outlined to the Audubon Society and the Minister by the Department of Environment. It would cost only a few dollars more to do it properly and we should view this as an investment in protecting our precious natural resources. But this lack of foresight seems to be our minister’s way of doing things. Sure, the road project gets done, but at what cost? A magnificent wetland area will be reduced to an almost lifeless pond. Funny how history has a way of repeating itself.

Do you have any thoughts about this project?

Wil Maheia
Leader, Peoples National Party
E-mail:pgwil@pnpbelize.org
All photos by Louise Crawford

3 comments:

Sam Flowers said...

Hi Linda and staff

Well said, our people needs to start to stand up and speak out for the wrong doing of the government in Belize.....we will only have our beautiful wonders once and when it is gone that it the tourists will never return......
The direction that our country is heading will bring disaster to our natural wonders and thats it.

We need to speak out and up to voice our concern of our beautiful country Belize...
Keep up the good work

Philippa Burns said...

This is heart breaking.

I can't understand why he didn't follow the environmental compliance plan!

baydaze said...

well what a shock! has the minister lost his mind , so misguided or just plain ignorant about what Crooked Tree has to offer its people and those from outside the country. Where's the passion gone? Common people free your minds, you put the government in power and you have the power to get rid of them. Save Crooked tree and other parts of this beautiful country from disaster, when its gone its gone...ps I agree wholeheartidy with what my fellow bloggers have written...