British Conservationists Fear Species Extinction With Sale Of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter has the story and the links.

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18 responses to “British Conservationists Fear Species Extinction With Sale Of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

  1. Equilibrium

    oh they fear the extinction? So i guess that follows suit woth the fear that all the money at BNB would be shipped to Trinidad following its sale; or that The airport would not allow any more caribbean airlines once it sought to partially privatise. Cmon people…what is going to happen? will the private owners sell the birds to cheffette or KFC? will they sell the fish to compete with oistins fish market? Or will they do what its simply more economically applicable and maintain and develop the habitat of the nature resort. Of all the things i have heard. Maybe we should do some research and see how many private nature sanctuaries in the world have been prone to their inhabitants going extinct. DO tell when you find them.

  2. Anonymous

    The scare tactics continue. Give up.

  3. Equilibrium

    do not allow our wonderful minds to be fabricated with foreign sentiments of disbeleif that privitisation is a step backward. government simply cannot always facilitate the maintenance of the tourism industry by itself. if that were the case then government would own sandy lane. what also happens is that some persons are agreived by the sale of government assets and institutions becasue to them it is a loss of political power against the governemt via a specific Trade Union. when we say A, we must say B.

  4. Equal

    The nature sanctuary is a national treasure. The people of Barbados should own it.

  5. Equilibrium

    national treasure it is, noone is disputing this “Equal” but at the same time one has to make the most longstanding socio-economic decision with regards to its preservation. if that argument was taken every time a governmental asset was in private hands then i assume we would still own hilton hotel as relatively smaller the contribution it would have made to our economy based on what you are saying equal “we should own it simply because it has an inception in barbados”. if such an application were made to all aspects and all countries then i asume that barbados and Goddards shouldnt own the fish market in tobago rright? should it belong to tobago since its thiers then? when you say A, you must say B.

  6. titilayo

    Not all national treasures are best served and preserved by ownership by “the people of Barbados”.

    That said, the BirdLife worry isn’t as simple as saying that they think that the sale of the nature sanctuary will lead to extinction. What the article said is that the counts of one particularly species (the Little Egret) have been declining over the past few years (while the Sanctuary was under its current ownership) and that the continued degradation of their (small) habitat may make the situation worse. So even if the Sanctuary weren’t sold, the birds might disappear (extinction in this case means no more of the Little Egret in Barbados, not no more of them in the world). They are further concerned that the situation may become worse as a result of changes in the use/management of the area, and about the uncertain future of the Sanctuary and the way it will be managed after it’s sold.

    Not downplaying the situation, just trying to add a few more details.

  7. K

    Equilibirum, you are off base and are making a juvenile argument. The issue is not whether it would be better controlled by private or public hands. The issue is whether an owner that is not quite as benovelent as the current owner will keep it as a nature sanctuary or other similar park or will seek to pave it over with development.

    The Government has indicated through inaction, its nonplussed attitude toward preserving it – how difficult might it be then to rezone and develop by a new owner.

  8. Equal

    Equalization’s logic perverts the point. Private sector ownership of a national treasure appears to work fine, until the owner dies or becomes otherwise disenfranchised. At that point, the “national treasure” is up for grabs, unless government steps in and affords permanent legal protections to the site, and takes responsibility for its operation. Great nations have great parks. It’s that simple.

  9. Equilibrium

    am equal the name is “equilibrium” though not equalization…and K, although my argument may appear juvenile to juvenile readers i must say that the basis of that as pect of my expression was that privitisation would not implicit of extinction. if indeed there is a proposal to revamp the area wrt changing the ecological landscape and that may disturb the animals well yeh then we may say as john king sang and identify it “fah cree”…but tell me K, do you really beleive that they animals will become extinct? your answer will determine my subsequent response. have two on the tip of my tongue.

  10. Eekwill

    Equalibriem, how do you “revamp” an area without impacting biodiversity concentrations? And, since we are in a correlating mood, would you say there is any relationship between increased private “utilisation” of lands (read population increases) and the increased rate of species extinctions currently underway?

  11. Pogo

    Is any0ne aware of any time in Barbados that a development has been stopped or changed due t0 environmental concerns?

    If we do not soon take stock of environment issues then eventually we won’t have to because it will be wrecked beyond repair.

  12. Crusty

    It is my understanding that Graeme Hall Swamp has been used and abused in many ways since first settlement. We are fortunate that an enlightened foreigner has focused his attention on it. The past and current government disinterest in the area does not encourage positive thoughts about how public ownership would improve matters.

  13. I don’t think the rest of the world gives a darn if Barbados becomes a concreted-over car park, so long as they can have their fun here when it suits them.

    It is up to us to protect for future generations those aspects of the good life we have while they still exist.

    Graeme Hall Nature Sancturary has become a symbol and rallying point of protecting our environment from crass commercialisation. It will cost the Government (us) next to nothing to hold the Nature Sanctuary and the proposed National Park free from exploitation into condo housing or Coney Island funparks. Our grandchildren will bless us for our foresight.

    There is plenty of other space for commercialisation or housing in Barbados if we look around. But it appears the politicians see Graeme Hall as “theirs” to sell off for underhand personal gain. Otherwise they would endorse the National Park proposal wholeheartedly.

  14. Adrian Loveridge

    Hear, Hear Deb..

    Why can’t the Government’s proposed National Botanical Gardens that was to be sited at Waterford be also incorporated in the Graeme Hall Sanctuary and National Park?

    Clearly, the Government thinks it can raise the money for a National Botanical Gardens, surely it makes sense to put them under one location.

    With ‘our’ years of success at Chelsea, just think what an attraction it could be for both locals and visitors alike.

    Otherwise I believe a bond issue should be raised to buy Graeme Hall in the national interest.

  15. Citizen First

    Brilliant idea Mr Loveridge.

    A Graeme Hall National Park including the nature sanctuary and a national botanical garden with an exercise/recreation trail sounds like a winner. Initial financing through a bond issue seems to be a very practical proposal.

  16. Adrian Loveridge

    Thank you Citizen First.

    I can picture it now, walking through a Heliconia forest, picnic spots and as you say, exercise trails.

    The Tourism Development Corporation is an organisation set-up to fund and assist tourism projects. Members of the TDC get a tax enhancement (I think 150% tax write-off) on all monies they put into the the fund.

    Also, Government could play its part by declaring the Graeme Hall/National Park/Botanical Gardens a special development area to maximise any incentives available.

    And finally, any person or company investing into the GH National Park should get tax concessions too.

    This is probably our last great chance of ensuring our children and their children are left with a legacy that we can all be proud off.

    Lets not squander the opportunity.

  17. Old Chinese Saying.

    Good Government is like cooking small fish.
    -don’t overdo it.

  18. TreePark?

    Bridgetown has a tree park!

    It doubles as extended parking area
    for Queen Elizabeth Hospital!