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May 11, 2022

A Task Force Established to Deal with South Silt Caye Degradation

Ilsa Villanueva

A task force has been established to include stakeholders from the ministries of Blue Economy and Sustainable Development and Climate Change to look at best practices to put in place for a short-term and long-term solution to the degradation. The task force will ensure that the plan is environmentally sound and in compliance with the law. 

 

Ilsa Villanueva, Chairlady, Placencia Village Council

“They selected a task force and within the next three weeks Eworth will be able to continue the work he and the other members have been doing. We have that as a short term and then they’ll develop a long term plan. Because it is not a fix for now; it is a fix for the future. We understand that most cayes come and go, but what we need is a short term plan right now to fix what it is so that boats can get back on the island that people can go back there. And you alluded to doing an EIA and permits and they are going to help with that; they are going to make it easier for us. All of it is not on us, but they are going to help us.”

 

Jose Aleman

Jose Aleman, Chairman, Seine Bight Village Council

“With the commitment from the government and the people championing the movement on the Placencia peninsula, this ministry along with the technical people has committed themselves that they are going to assist us through that process. So I can assure you that an environmental clearance will be retrieved, likewise the technical experts will be out there to assist us to ensure that this project is done in a sound and environmental manner that it does not harm any flora or fauna.”

 

Andre Perez

Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy

“Two things came out here. We have to have immediate action to alleviate the problem. We agreed also that whatever we need to do to restore Silk Caye cannot be done overnight or over a weekend. And while we appreciate the noble gesture of the community, we are telling them that there are ways and methods how to do it. And we are showing them that it can cost less instead of bringing foreign material from the mainland. What we are saying is based on the expertise we can access the same sand from right around the islands in a place that is cleared by the Department of Environment. We are doing a quick assessment to alleviate the problem. We are going to do some further studies that we can do a long term plan. And we are going to make it in compliance of the Department of Environment and the other stakeholders in there that we are what we are going to do for the moment.”


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