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Dec 8, 2011

Coalition blasts Ya’axche as an attack dog

The government has said the referendum is not binding and that it is only one of two roadblocks in front of the coalition. There is dissent and one of its members has broken rank triggering an internal natural disaster that the organizers tried to clean up during the conference. The Ya’axche Conservation Trust, which manages the Bladen Nature Reserve in the south, has resigned from the coalition and it’s Executive Director Lisel Alamilla has publicly blasted the referendum. Alamilla claims that the coalition is saying no to offshore and to terrestrial drilling.  She also claimed that the Association of Protected Areas Management Organization (APAMO) does not support the referendum.  The Coalition dropped a virtual nuclear bomb on Ya’axche calling it government’s attack dog. Coalition Coordinator also called on Alamilla to be accurate with the facts.

Tanya Willliams, Coalition Coordinator

Tanya Willliam

“The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage has not triggered a referendum regarding terrestrial protected areas; it is solely on the offshore. The news broadcast said it was on the offshore and terrestrial protected areas—so that’s a correction that is being made. Secondly, and it speaks very specifically to the organization which made the statements; the coalition reached out to that organization. It has never formally made its position. to the coalition. It withdrew stating that it would voice its position under APAMO. APAMO remains a member of the coalition. So that organization has had all the opportunity to voice its position. We at the coalition are democratic, very diverse organization and we may not always agree; there will be dissent and that’s acceptable. However, I think if you have dissent, it is important that first of all you inform your colleagues that you are going to the public because you are working with counterparts and secondly that you are very honest and accurate in the information that you present to the public and the media.”

Geovanni Brackett

Geovanni Brackett, Immediate Past Coalition Chair

“How we arrived has not been a railroaded way or a fashion that has totally or in any way neglected the concerns of any individual organization and I want to say very clearly—and I know Tanya touch upon it—that yes Ya’axche was a member of the coalition to save our natural heritage. Couple months ago, they asked to be removed and that they would operate through APAMO. And so that’s how they have operated, but even when they were to represent, Lisel Alamilla had also made a request that she was unable to represent APAMO and so credible-wise, we have not had any professional communication with Lisel Alamilla, Ya’axche—no professional communication or a formal complaint from her to the coalition.”

Audrey Matura Shepherd, Coalition Member-Oceana Belize

Audrey Matura Shepherd

“Look at what this means—so anything that is white is free for all. Anything that’s green is sensitive but we could go in. if you start looking now, these are our atolls, these are our barrier reef areas. Look what is red. The only oen that is off limit is up north by the Corozal Bay and interestingly this is Bladden Nature Reserve—the areas that Ya’axche. They already have a foot in with the government. The government has already ban their own proposal indicated. That is why Ya’axche, after nine months of resigning and never complaining to us to say anything, is in a strong position to be their attack dog. And that is the most I’ll say about it. But you people need to understand where people’s interest lie. This is an official document from the government and see—I don’t know if this is what you guys agree that this is all that needs full protection and the rest is ok. It is ok this is serious and for offshore this is of serious magnitude.”

This is sure not to be the end of the dispute now raging among the environmentalists.

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5 Responses for “Coalition blasts Ya’axche as an attack dog”

  1. Huh? says:

    I read this 4x. No idea what is being said, C……….. Govt attack dog claim does make sense, case is not made. A lot of the sentences are not sentences. Not much of an interview. Who cares about what yaxche does or think?

    The real story, the real nuclear bomb, is whether the govt is going to follow the Belize constitution, or whether the people running the govt keep up their legal theory of “natural law”, being able to do what they want, screw the people and the courts when it does not suit them. The people have petitioned to have their grevience decided by country at large, for this to be put up for a vote, chips fall where they may, Is Belize going to be the next Congo or Zimbabwe? Another failed country, run by gangs, criminals, foreign drug cartels, and who you bribe to get by. Loose your country, not easy to get it back.

  2. Christine Garcia says:

    Please Audrey Matura, as usual always wants to be “Ms. Know it all.” I want to know what the coalition will do if the majority of belizeans vote Yes to offshore drilling. Will Oceana come and compensate all Protected areas for their lost? How can they guarantee its going to be a postive outcome with all of the voting?

  3. Belize Journal says:

    Please Christine, The issue is OFFSHORE DRILLING – who will need to be compensated? And as in life, there are no guarantees, you just play the game…

  4. Earl Grey says:

    OFF-SHORE DRILLING IS A DISASTER SET UP TO HAPPEN.

    WILL ALL THIS proposed DRILLING GIVES US BELIZEANS CHEAP OIL AND GAS???????

    NO MORE DRILLING UNTIL WE BUILD A REFINERY!!!!!!!!!! Belizeans needs to benefit from this.

  5. CEO says:

    WHEN EVER ANYONE STARTS TO THINK THAT OFF SHORE DRILLING IS A GOOD IDEA JUST REVIEW THE LAST DISASTER ALONG THE SOUTH COAST OF THE U.S.

    THIS IS THE SORT OF MANMADE DISASTER THAT IS BOUND TO HAPPEN. THE LEASDERS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE COUNTRY THEY CARE ABOUT HOW MUCH WILL END UP IN THERE POCKETS.

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