MAYA LEADERS DISCUSS WAY FORWARD IN ROSEWOOD INDUSTRY

Maya village leaders met at the weekend to discuss the current rosewood harvesting situation in the Toledo district.

Paul Mahung reporting...
“The Saturday morning meeting in Punta Gorda was coordinated by the Toledo Alcaldes Association under the leadership of Chairman Alfonso Cal.

Alfonso Cal – Chairman
“The objective of this meeting with alcaldes and village chairpersons, they are raising their concern that what is happening in the Toledo District. In the Toledo District with the rosewood you know that as a Maya people we always think of our future generation to come and now it is the awareness that we are trying to come together what can we do as a leader to try and correct the wrongdoing, how they were harvesting our rosewood because the rosewood is very important to us, it is indigenous because the Maya people use it and so we are collecting some ideas with our leaders, what can we do next."

The meeting also had the support and participation of Maya Leaders Alliance under the leadership of Chairman Ligorio Coy. MLA Chairman Coy also highlighted some of the major concerns brought up at the meeting.

Ligorio Coy – Chairman
“There are some villages that are receiving recommendation from the Minister, I don’t know where but first of all I must say we had the alcalde and Chairman there to recommend these individuals that have interest in extracting rosewood so it has to come from the entire village.”

The attendance sheet indicated that those at the meeting were from 23 Mayan communities in Toledo and the 55 participants included Village Alcaldes, Mayan Village Council leaders as well as representatives of the Maya Leaders Alliance, Toledo District Association of Village Councils, TIDE, Satim and Xa'che.

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