Minister Lisel Alamilla meets with Representatives of Crooked Tree Village Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

Minister Lisel Alamilla and residents of Crooked Tree VillageOn November 28th, 2012, at the request of community members, Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, met with representatives from the Crooked Tree Action Group. The objective of the meeting was for the community to formally inform the Minister of their concerns over the situation with the Belize Audubon Society and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

The community members expressed concern over the manner in which the Sanctuary was being managed. Three primary concerns were highlighted as follows:

1. Crooked Tree Village has been in existence since the 1700’s and currently is the only community located within a protected area in Belize. The villagers have traditionally accessed the resources
from their surroundings and are disheartened that since the area has been declared protected, they have been restricted access, which affects their way of life and their livelihood in some instances.

2. The current arrangement with the Belize Audubon Society has not yielded much benefit for the community.

3. The community wants to become involved in the management of the Sanctuary.

Minister Alamilla advised the representatives that the legal status of the protected area restricts access. She also informed that there is currently an exercise underway which is