Last mangrove wetland in Barbados disappearing

| 07/05/2010

(PRNewswire): A new environmental study sharply critical of the Government of Barbados shows the key Graeme Hall mangrove wetland is disappearing due to outside pollution and poor water quality. The Graeme Hall wetland is the last remaining mangrove in Barbados – a red mangrove forest that has existed for no less than 1,300 years. It is the only wetland in Barbados recognized internationally under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar).

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  1. Green Hornet says:

     Not "gutless wonders," Peter, "sleazy money men" open to bribes from any equally sleazy developer who happens to trash whatever he feels like.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Two words "North Sound".

  3. MOZZY FREE says:

    As long as residents want no civil service cuts, no cuts in benefits, no cut in employees, more government services, more roads, more free social services, more free medical, more police, more, more, more, Government will have to keep development coming and they will have to keep converting natural resources into liquid cash(import duties, etc).Simple equation.

    there is always a brighter side…. eventually no more mosquitos!

    • Bodden says:

      Your simple equation, I believe, will eventually lead us to taxation!

      If Government is determined not to "cut" and sell out Cayman more and more, which means more expenditures in order to do so –

      Seeing our debt situation, some kind of sustained revenue will be around the corner!

      Some are already talkin about payroll tax

      • MOZZY FREE says:

        Totally agree with you…the simple equation does lead to Taxation….but prior to that liquid assets and massive development must be ‘maxed’ out while the taxation process gets implemented. The unfortunate situation is that this is a debt spiral (remember Moody’s comment on CUC’s prospects about 8 years ago…they used the same words!)

        I do not believe however that direct taxation is “sustainable”. The FCO has floated that idea and everyone seems to have accepted it.Most economies with “sustainable taxation” are right now in even worst situation than we are. In the Cayman Islands it is clear that when we introduce “sustainable taxation” our economy will pack up and leave on the next flight.

  4. sergio coni says:

     We like Barbados and other islands around the region, are dead on track to our own destruction. Slowly but surely we are destroying every aspect that made these little Islands the right place. From the "Islands that Time Forgot" to the "Islands that we Forgot Long Time Ago". We will end up as three iron shore rocks in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. We are not far from becoming "another third world nation" in the region. Perhaps we already are. We are eliminating our natural beauty, pollution and crime are rampant, traffic jams are like in any major city and corruption has taken roots within the ranks of people that are supposed to work for us. By the way, why do we call them "Honorable"? They need to earn that title first. We are the ones that need to be honored by them. They serve "us" the People of this country and not the other way around! Why not call us Honorable? They should address me as "Honorable Sergio" because I go to work everyday, follow every rule of society, pay all my bills in due time and contribute daily in many ways to this society.

    We need to take a serious look at our education system so future generations are smarter, fitter and trained to make wiser decisions with real values when given the task to govern our own people. Our generations have failed big time. We have failed our youth and we are going to leave them a country in a big mess. 

    Perhaps once all of those who can and will leave looking for new horizons are gone, the few of us left here will go back to catching turtles, riding bicycles and making ropes. That is if there are any turtles to catch and cruise ships that want to buy our ropes assuming there are any Thatch plants left. I guess we can attempt to sell Lion Fish to aquariums also.

    Barbados, good luck to you and your good people. We have many things in common, sadly one of them is that we are following your foot steps to destruction.

  5. Anonymous says:

    There are so many external threats that Cayman cannot prevent and only minimally mitigate – Lionfish, oil spills, increased sea temperatures.

    CIG desperately needs to enact the legislation to eliminate the internal threats such that continued development on lands adjacent to similar ecosystems on this island should be banned!

    I wonder what is going to be developed over by Malportas Pond in North Side, possibly a hospital?? Obviously it is wanted and needed but do some proper planning. Put it somewhere that it will have the least environmental impact.

  6. peter milburn says:

    Seems like all the caribbean islands suffer from the same mentality lapses(Govt.wise that is)We need leaders with a spine to do what is right for the continued survival of our natural environment.GUTLESS WONDERS all of you.Should be ashamed of yourselves.

  7. Anonymous Caymanian says:

    I dread the day that Cayman comes to this…and we are heading in that direction.

    Pass the National Conservation Law!