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Oct 25, 2021

NGO Coalition Responds with Stake Bank Timeline

Following the press conference, the NGO Coalition provided us with a timeline of the Stake Bank causeway. According to the coalition’s reports, an ECP was granted to Stake Bank in 2013, with approval for the causeways.  They found, however, that the 2013 ECP approval was valid for only one year. They also noted that approval was granted despite prevailing concerns from members of the National Environmental Appraisal Committee. The construction of the causeway, however, did not proceed.  And so a second ECP approval was granted to Stake Bank Enterprise in August of 2017. This time, the ECP approval did not list any causeways.  The approved 2017 ECP affirmed that it supersedes any previous ECP for Stake Bank Enterprise Limited. We were provided with that portion of the 2017 ECP. The report notes that the conservation community wrote to Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria in 2019 requesting the status of Stake Bank and Ocean View projects under the Freedom of Information Act, but there was no response. They then wrote to the Ombudsman requesting action. The following year, the CEO in the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry and Sustainable Development responded under the Freedom of Information Act, however, according to the NGO Collation, any ECP approval for causeways beyond 2013 was not included. Now, the Government of Belize says serious questions have arisen concerning purported missing files. Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria has since been instructed to promptly write a report on the factual circumstances associated with the process engaged.


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