Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017. 2:33 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) issued a statement today saying that it is saddened by the loss of the information center at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and expressed its strongest solidarity with the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) in its efforts to address this unfortunate incident.
APAMo says that the Information Center not only represented a history of the management, and importance of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary – a critical RAMSAR site – but it also represents several years of efforts of the Belize Audubon Society as well as numerous educational and recreational opportunities provided by the Belize Audubon Society to the school children of Crooked Tree Village and the country of Belize.
It also represented numerous occasions when the Belize Audubon Society has provided its unconditional assistance to the Crooked Tree Village in the times of flooding to ensure that the community remains communicated with the rest of the country.
The Belize Audubon Society has a co-management agreement with the Government of Belize to manage the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and has been managing the Wildlife Sanctuary in accordance to the mandate and purpose of the Sanctuary.
As a RAMSAR Site, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is critical, for its biodiversity and environmental services, especially in regulating flooding, for the community and the Belize District, especially for Belize City.
According to APAMO, any issues with the management of the Wildlife Sanctuary should be raised with the Government of Belize and the Belize Audubon Society.
APAMO is of the view that the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary can continue to be managed in harmony with the people of the Crooked Tree Village and Belize.
“We commend the Belize Audubon Society in their management of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and call on the Crooked Tree Village and the business community to support the Belize Audubon Society in their efforts to construct another, and probably better, information center in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary,” the statement says.
APAMO encourages everyone to join efforts and be proud of our jewel’s natural resources.
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