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Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon #537727
08/11/19 06:19 AM
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Clearing of mangroves and garbage dumping in southern Ambergris Caye lagoon raise concerns

Over the past several weeks' residents south of San Pedro Town have observed large areas of mangroves being cleared bit by bit, while tons of sargassum and loads of garbage are dumped into the lagoon with the apparent purpose of filling the wetland habitat into land. The area in question is west of the Mosquito Coast area, near the WASA Lagoon, where it is rumoured a sub-division is intended. Not only are residents concerned about the wildlife being dispersed in the area but are also concerned with the health hazards that come with the illegal dumping of trash that can affect the environment and people living nearby.

The area is now littered with dead mangrove trees and huge piles of rotting sargassum that is being spread into the lagoon. A road that a couple of months ago was not there, is being expanded over the lagoon, made from what appears to be dirt and sargassum. On its shoulders, it appears that lots are beginning to be shaped, filled with sargassum and garbage, including plastics and other hazardous materials. Residents in the area believe that if a subdivision is being planned, there should be proper inspection of the area and an EIA should be conducted to ensure the area is suitable for living. They believe that putting people to live in the wrong area can jeopardize their safety and more importantly health, essentially creating another community like San Mateo, which is built on garbage-filled mangrove habitat and no infrastructure.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: Marty] #537731
08/11/19 08:01 AM
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Who owns this land?


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Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: lovey and thurston] #538122
09/05/19 03:40 PM
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Did you click the link and read the entire article. Unbelievable! Just makes a sane person want to SCREAM!!! How does he keep his job!!???!!

"Area Representative and Minister and Tourism and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. stated that the reason for mangrove clearing is to make space for more residences. According to him, the choice had to be made to accommodate more people. He further alleges that he is not using garbage and claims that clearance permits are not required because he only removed a small amount of mangrove. “There are 22 lots that, over there. San Pedro is growing and there is not much solid land anymore on the island, so we have to make use of whatever is available that is best suited for residential that we can find today. These are 22 lots that were issued over there. Yes, sargassum is in the abundance through-out the coast of Belize and that is being used as fill to try to build it up to a certain height. After that they will probably put sand or white marl or other materials to make it more livable. So, yes, that part I can tell you because it was an initiative for myself, together with the permission of the government, to issue these 22 lots over there. The first seven that were issued, with the sargassum and you, will see shortly that it will be filled with a cap of white lime or marl,” he said. Minister Heredia shared that the mangrove clearing that he is conducting will not have a negative effect on the environment. “Well, you know, for a small subdivision like that, I do not consider, as a past fisherman and a person who has sponsored and worked with a lot of reserves in San Pedro, I don’t consider that massive or anything. , lots is not a huge amount over there. So, whenever you will do massive things, then that is when you will do an EIA or when you will do huge projects like hotels, then there is a need for these types of things. But for something small to be able to assist your poor residents and people like that, there has to be some kind of flexibility. If we are going to do massive, then we will need it. But, again, in life, life is real, they say. As a country grows; as a community grows, there is a need for expansion. Rent in the islands is expensive, so we must try and accommodate our residents in low-income residential lots. There has to be balance in everything, so we have to sacrifice a little for your people.” He further alleged that they are two projects happening in the same area, the government one run by him and a private one, which he doesn’t know if the developer has done mangrove clearance (Excerpted from Channel5Belize.com)."

Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: Marty] #538126
09/06/19 05:44 AM
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Heredia and Environmentalist weigh-in on the mangrove clearing south of San Pedro Town

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Many island residents are concerned about the clearing of mangroves that is happening south of San Pedro Town as it plays a negative impact on the environment and the tourism industry. The area is west of the Mosquito Coast area, near the WASA Lagoon, and the mangrove clearing is being conducted because it is intended to be a new sub-division. Not only are residents concerned about the wildlife being dispersed in the area but are also concerned with the health hazards that come with the illegal dumping of trash as landfill that can affect the environment and people living nearby.

Area Representative and Minister and Tourism and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. stated that the reason for mangrove clearing is to make space for more residences. According to him, the choice had to be made to accommodate more people. He further alleges that he is not using garbage and claims that clearance permits are not required because he only removed a small amount of mangrove. “There are 22 lots that, over there. San Pedro is growing and there is not much solid land anymore on the island, so we have to make use of whatever is available that is best suited for residential that we can find today. These are 22 lots that were issued over there. Yes, sargassum is in the abundance through-out the coast of Belize and that is being used as fill to try to build it up to a certain height. After that they will probably put sand or white marl or other materials to make it more livable. So, yes, that part I can tell you because it was an initiative for myself, together with the permission of the government, to issue these 22 lots over there..."

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: Marty] #538156
09/08/19 08:43 AM
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Much more profitable to manufacture land to sell and approve more development than to invest in infrastructure, arguably inadequate, to accommodate the current population.
Short term greed and long term problems.

Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: Marty] #538158
09/08/19 09:38 AM
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Not much solid land??? what do you call all the land to the north? They just want to pack everyone into a tiny area like sardines

Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: tazh2o] #538161
09/08/19 12:19 PM
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Destroying the mangroves and filling in with trash and garbage to "manufacture land" is much cheaper than purchasing existing land that God created. Of course God created the mangroves as an important part of the marine ecosystem, but it appears making profit is more important to some than protecting one of the parts of Ambergris Cay that provided a living for the fishermen and fish for the people to eat and led to attracting some of the first tourist, fishermen, to visit Belize and then becoming a major industry.
So my advice to the young people is forget about becoming a fishing guide like so many before you and learn to be a garbage collector and run a bulldozer.

Re: Mangrove clearing, garbage dumping in southern lagoon [Re: Marty] #538239
09/13/19 11:26 AM
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Minister and Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia Jr. - Is this an elected or appointed position?


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