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Nov 11, 2021

Chief Environmental Officer to Retire

The man who was tasked with providing Cabinet with a written report on the approval process for the Stake Bank causeway project is slated for retirement from government service. A copy of a memo from the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Kenrick Williams, was circulating on social media today. In the document dated November 10, 2021, it was announced that Martin Alegria will be going on per-retirement leave effective immediately, with his retirement to begin February eighth, 2022. His functions will be split between senior officers Edgar Ek and Anthony Mai and they will report directly to CEO Williams. Among his other responsibilities, Mai will be responsible for the Project Evaluation/Environmental Assessment Unit. Alegria’s leave comes amid an ongoing lawsuit before the Supreme Court involving Port Coral and the Government of Belize, with the Port of Magical Belize signed on as an interested party.  Alegria has been a central figure on the National Environmental Appraisal Committee, NEAC, and has served as the Chief Environmental Officer with the Department of the Environment.


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