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Jul 12, 2012

Toledo East’s Mike Espat wants rosewood moratorium temporarily lifted

Mike Espat

While the twenty-five scholarship recipients are looking to bank managers for some guidance, hopefully they haven’t seen or heard the name calling that occurred earlier today in the House by the elected representatives. The moratorium on Rosewood harvesting also became a subject for discussion in the House. The suspension, which came into effect on April fourteenth, has seen a complete halt in logging activity in the Toledo District resulting in complaints from stakeholders about their staggering loss in revenue.  According to Toledo East area representative Mike Espat, the Forestry Ministry should allow harvesters permission to salvage the remaining Rosewood trees that were felled but could not be extracted prior to the moratorium.


Mike Espat, Toledo East Area Representative

“I have never seen the Maya and ketchi women defending the rights of their village until this rosewood issue and the oil issue came on board because they were very adamant when they went in there to try and stop the oil people from building roads through a reserve. The women came out mad because they were losing money that is necessary for them to carry out their daily lives. The, Mister Speaker, is the responsibility that we have in this house and let’s stop playing and hiding and dodging that we want be environmentalist; but at the same time we have a responsibility to the people. The people come first. The people put us in this room. And that is what we must always remember. So let us not be playing games with that Mister Speaker. Mister Speaker, under that same topic of rosewood, all the branches—who dah the Minister responsible? Forestry, not here but somebody here might represent her. But all the branches, all the top of those trees that are sitting in the bush can also be harvested. There are people who want permits to harvest what is left in the bush. Btu we will all sit with our hands crossed and we will see millions of dollars again going down the drain that the people in our district need. So they should be given salvage permits Mister Speaker and I hope that the Cabinet is listening because when they go to Cabinet that is where they should tell the Minister give permits that they can extract what is left lying in the bush.”

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5 Responses for “Toledo East’s Mike Espat wants rosewood moratorium temporarily lifted”

  1. Storm says:

    It’s a bigger issue than the desires of one group or another — it is a national resource, we need it to be used WISELY in so many ways.

    Before “fallen” trees are removed, I would want an exact, impartial, and thorough inventory of how many such trees there are. I’d hate to see people carry out 2 or 3 times more “fallen” trees than were actually on the ground because lack of planning and supervision.

  2. Lucas says:

    Mr. Espat; please stop the crap. Were we not, and I say we for not saying the PUP, complaining that the rosewood was being over-harvest?. were we not, for not saying you and your people, asking for a stop on rosewood harvesting?. Now that we, for not saying you people, have a Minister that is paying attention; the complaining still continues. I tell you Sir; what I think. I think you are playing politics. I think you are riding on the issues some-one has with greediness. Mike; It is all about politics and money. You know it and you know we know it also. Minister Alamilla should do and must continue doing what is best for our forests and must remember that no matter what; there will aways be people who will find five feet on the cat.

  3. Seletar says:

    So far, I am 100% with Hon. Alamilla. Once a resource is gone, it’s gone forever for all future generations of Belizeans.

  4. Simone says:

    go help Luke-we the poor can take care of ourselves and pay back what we borrowed (and not pennies on the dollar) or just live within our means.

  5. William says:

    This is just politics!Once the Forest Department starts giving out salvage permit people are just going back and start cutting again.It should stay the way it is now for the future.

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