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How Much Is The Graeme Hall Wetland Worth To Barbados? … Over Half A Billion US$

School Children Learning At The Last Mangrove Wetlands On The Island - The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

School Children Learning At The Last Mangrove Wetlands On The Island - The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

Graeme Hall National Park or… Condos & Quick Cash

For about the last ten years there has been a serious movement by Barbadians to preserve the last mangrove wetlands on the island. The Graeme Hall Wetlands are a national treasure and vital to the environmental health of the south coast, but selfish interests want to build on these wetlands for profit.

These evil people would have ordinary Bajans see tall concrete towers instead of trees. They would rather have gated enclaves for the rich where our children now learn about their connection to the natural world around them. Pavement instead of a quiet sanctuary where ordinary folks can enjoy a respite. Commercial and residential developments like the rest of the South and West coasts.

In a cash grab that put their own pockets ahead of the common good, the last bunch of greedy pigs known as the BLP Owen Arthur Government approved the construction of the Caribbean Splash Water Park/Theme Park on the Graeme Hall Wetlands. Only when thousands of Bajans rose up and signed petitions, wrote letters and stopped Members of Parliament on the street to give them “a piece of wat-for” did the BLP government back down.

Preserving The Graeme Hall Wetlands Isn’t Just About Natural Beauty… Beauty Is Only A Small Part Of The Value That Belongs To All Bajans

If preserving the Graeme Hall Wetlands was only about preserving some green space on the south coast for beauty – preservation would still be a wise decision. But beauty is only a starting point because natural areas contribute so much to Barbados in very tangible ways.

A few months ago the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary published a report by Dr. Allan N. Williams that assessed the value of the wetlands to Barbados.

I didn’t read the study. I didn’t pay attention.

I should have.

I watched the new Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary video (really excellent – you must watch it… link here) but I didn’t read the report of the valuation of the wetlands or I would have immediately written about it.

You see, after reading the report I am convinced that the Graeme Hall Wetlands area is worth every bit of the half a billion US dollars as concluded by Dr. Williams.

More than ever, I am convinced that the wetlands must be permanently protected for the future and that the only sure way of doing that is to create a Graeme Hall National Park.

Prime Minister Thompson Says He Wants To Preserve Graeme Hall Wetlands - Time For Action, Sir!

Prime Minister Thompson Says He Wants To Preserve Graeme Hall Wetlands - Time For Action, Sir!

Unlike the past government, Prime Minister Thompson has made positive statements about the necessity of preserving the Graeme Hall Wetlands. Various ministers have also made statements that sound like they are sincere in their desire to preserve the natural environment of Barbados.

But as we said a few months ago…

From what I saw in that Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary video,…

If we want this last bit of green on the south coast to be around in five years, the government had better do something besides talk and it better happen soon.

Excerpts From The Graeme Hall Wetlands Valuation

“Our analysis identifies 12 valuable functions of the wetlands at Graeme Hall. These include, Habitat, Refuge; Regulating Hydrological Flows; Storage and retention of water; Hosting unique biological material; Capacitance and absorption of pollutants; Removal or breakdown of excess compounds; Maintaining ecological characteristics of the landscape; Monitoring coastal zone changes; Impacting local community quality of life; Providing cultural attraction and Being a repository of scientific information.”

“The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary (GHNS) is a privately owned property whose primary mission is the conservation of the Wetlands of Graeme Hall.  There are many features of this Wetlands that are worthy of conserving. These include being the last remaining mangrove forest of its kind in Barbados, a major roosting area for migratory and native water-birds, a “living laboratory” for researchers and scientists to examine native Barbados ecosystems and an opportunity to understand how changes in human population and the built environment in Barbados have influenced issues relating to aquifer and surface water management, drained wetlands, wetland recreation, coastal zone management, urban sprawl and agriculture.

Of more importance are the under-valued linkages between the ecological characteristic of the Graeme Hall Wetlands and its multiple roles in sustaining tourism activities in the south west coast; supporting the quality of life and maintaining open green spaces and lower population density in the Parish of Christ Church; and avoiding a major catastrophe of sewage contamination of the beaches and coastal zone of the most important location of stay-over accommodations in Barbados. To achieve such an understanding, this study has pursued a goal of assessing the value of this nature asset that the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary seeks to conserve.”

Will Barbados Sacrifice The Last Remaining South Coast Green Space & A Vital Environmental Asset For Private Interests’ Greed?

Read the Graeme Hall Wetlands Valuation Report…

download PDF report here

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary press section link here

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Happy 2nd Birthday To Amillia Taylor!

AmilliaTaylor - Born October 24, 2006

AmilliaTaylor - Born October 24, 2006

Miracle Little Girl Growing Up

Way back in February of 2007, we told you about Amillia in our story Cute Little Baby Girl Is About The Size Of A Pen. The story still receives twenty or thirty hits a day and for some reason often spikes on a Sunday at over a hundred hits.

Today is Amillia’s birthday and we wish her and mum and dad Sonja and Eddie all the best in life.

Here is a story of how Amillia’s mother loved her so much that she just had to try to save her…

iParenting – Sonja Taylor

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