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Nov 16, 2011

More conservation posts needed in Chiquibul

Rafael Manzanero

Executive Director of Friends of Conservation & Development, Rafael Manzanero says that urgent measures are needed to curb the plunder of the Chiquibul. With a detailed recommendation guideline, Manzanero says one of the important steps to prevent the mass illegal logging and poaching, is through the setting up of additional conservation posts.

Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“As Belizeans we would get the impression that we need to do something and in our case, we are saying we need to do something urgently. Across in Guatemala there are some sixty-five communities would relate the impact of what we feel in the context of Chiquibul. What we are suggesting and recommending is to put the Ceibo Chico Conservation post and the second one, Valentin which are really the hot spot areas for people who are patrolling in the area—the B.D.F., the police along with our rangers. What we have found out is that Rio Blanco is operational; it is working, it is doing an impact in terms of dissuading Guatemalans to continue on farming in the area. But these guys are far way. Extraction is really difficult and we are very proud about those guys who are able to reach out there and be able to assist in this endeavor. But if there was to be an emergency any day out there, to extract them out, is really, really difficult. So what we are proposing is for Ceibo Chico to be a backup system for the joint forces operating in that area and then the Valentin—it does not exist at the moment—but what we are proposing is that to be under a similar kinda role like Rio Blanco. We believe that if there was to be a presence right along the western border, we believe that it would be able to prevent a lot of the further incursions.”

Aside from the assault on the Chiquibul, other NGOs are also fighting the exploitation of the forest in the south where rosewood and other precious woods are being cut down for export.

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2 Responses for “More conservation posts needed in Chiquibul”

  1. Rod says:

    If you want to take care of this problem it’s easy to do just start mining the border put up signs that say mine fields do not cross put it in Spanish and English when one or two of them get their legs blown off this will stop immediately.

  2. mustard says:

    another example of we cannot protect our borders or cities from anything. sad, sad, sad,
    I think we better hire a mercenary army, instead racking up bills taking utiities away from people, get the money to protect our borders.

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