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Jul 13, 2015

APAMO/PfB Respond to Minister’s Criticisms

Lisel Alamilla

This morning, the N.G.O. stakeholders asked the House sub-committee for more time, and they were granted that time, which means that there is room for much more consultation and input. That approval will likely not sit well with Minister Lisel Alamilla, who has been very aggressive and even contentious in pushing the bills. In fact, Alamilla gave an interview when the bills were introduced…calling those with concerns mischief-makers and stating that APAMO is hopelessly splintered. And to put the icing on the ego cake, Alamilla claimed that she has much more institutional knowledge than those who have opposed the bills in their current form.

 

Jose Perez, Executive Director, APAMO

“I represented this morning the umbrella organization which is comprised of thirteen members, and we make decisions by majority – very democratic – and nine of our members are fully in support of our actions and so I can freely speak on behalf of APAMO.”

 

Jose Perez

Reporter

“Do you see what is happening here as almost indecent haste in pushing through these bills because it’s obviously become such an issue that the Minister felt it necessary to bus in supporters at the House meeting.”

 

Edilberto Romero, Executive Director, Programme for Belize

“Well, the minister can bring her staff because from what I saw half those people were her staff. She has authority over her staff, and obviously if there were one or two or three N.G.O.s supporting her it’s probably because they have been sharing documents and discussing with them and they have their reason for doing it, or they don’t care, or they haven’t read the document, because from my reading of the document it wasn’t good. The document has some very good things…I won’t take that away. It provides for biological corridors, it provides for private protected areas, it provides for co-management. But some of the major things are really bad, and if you allow for any site to be de-reserved with just a simple consultation by the Minister then that is really going in the wrong direction. So in my view those who have read the document should have serious objections, and those who have not read the document, I think they’re being a little careless.”

 

Reporter

“The minister says she has more institutional knowledge than all of you.”

 

Edilberto Romero

Edilberto Romero

“Again that’s just an opinion. I don’t think she has anything to back up that statement in my view. If you look at the history of protected areas in Belize…Belize Audubon Society has been involved in protected areas management since 1969. She hasn’t been involved in protected areas since then. So she cannot say that she has more knowledge than anybody else. And there are a lot of people that have been involved in protected areas conservation trust from the inception of PACT and the national parks system act from its establishment. Some of the people are up here presenting to the sub-committee. So it’s just an opinion from her, and it should be taken as that – just an opinion without any fact behind it.”

 

APAMO is currently hosting a two-day workshop with the participation of all thirteen members. One of the items up for discussion is how the organization is to move as regards collective decision making.

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1 Response for “APAMO/PfB Respond to Minister’s Criticisms”

  1. Hatari says:

    Please people, do not be fooled by this egotistical Minister! Remember, she is the one that decided to burn precious rosewood and then sell off the rest at a ridiculously low price to insiders. Her ego is very much larger than her knowledge. The NPAS and PACT legislation has some good parts to it BUT it also gives full control of the financing and management of our protected areas to GOB which has a dismal record at managing anything! Foolish!

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