Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BELIZE AUDUBON SOCIETY VS CROOKED TREE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY


Photo: Hon. Lisel Alamilla stands with Representatives of the Crooked Tree Action Group


At the request of community members, Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, met with representatives from Crooked Tree Action Group. The objective of the meeting was for the community to formally inform the Minister of their concerns over the situation with the Belize Audubon Society and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

Minister Alamilla advised the representatives that the legal status of the protected area restricts access. She also informed that there is a current exercise underway which is looking at the viability of the present status of the protected areas, and this includes the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

Among key decisions made, the Minister in good faith directed that the log-wood that was cut would be returned to the individual. The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development will organize a meeting the week of December 10th with the Forest Department, Fisheries Department, Belize Audubon Society and the representatives from Crooked Tree Village to improve the dialogue and chart a new way forward. In the interim, the representatives agreed to work within the confines of the regulations of Wildlife Sanctuary.

All parties agreed that it was a successful meeting and committed to work together to address the pressing issues.

Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development

2 comments:

Karen said...

Sounds promising, hope they can make it work out for the good of all. So much trouble all over the world, I hope our little jewel can remain a treasure.... against the odds if necessary.

Help Belize... said...

It shows good working relationship between the people and government...that's the way to go!