Consultations Continue To Make Shekerley Mountain Area A Protected Area

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Residents during a consultation last year (File Photo)

The public will have two opportunities during the month of January to come out and add their voices to the plan to establish the Shekerley Mountain area as a protected area, starting Tuesday, January 28, thanks to the Department of Environment’s Path to 2020 Project.

 

To conserve biodiversity and support sustainable livelihoods, the Shekerley Mountain area has been proposed as a protected area known as the Shekerley Mountain Management Area (SMMA). In order to provide persons with a platform to have a say on how they believe the area should be managed, community members are asked to provide their input, knowledge, and expertise to help to develop this management plan.

 

The first town hall meeting takes place at Old Road Primary School, Old Road on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 and the second meeting will be at S.R. Olivia David Primary School, Bolans, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Both meetings will run from 5:30 pm – 8 pm, with light refreshments provided.

 

Community members, persons who work in the area, businesses that operate in the area, and any other interested parties are invited to come out to these important meetings.

 

For more information, please contact Ms. Katecia Thompson at the Department of Environment at 462-4625 or email us at [email protected].

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

    Give Praise and Thanks for this Initiative! Let us not only focus on a program “To conserve biodiversity and support sustainable livelihoods, the Shekerley Mountain area has been proposed as a protected area known as the Shekerley Mountain Management Area (SMMA).” but also inclusion of the Historical and Socio-Cultural importance of this area to People of African Descent! “Pushing ahead with a self-emancipatory agenda is critical, but we must do so fully conscious of this broader context of our development efforts.” – Dr. Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, UWI!

    The History of “Dem Dar mountains” is deeply rooted in escape and resistance of enslaved people! The area is littered with Akan, Ashante, Fante and Coromantee Bones! At the half way point, in this the International Decade for People of African Descent 2015 – 2024, it would be most fitting for the Children of African Descent to begin serious engagement and discussions on enshrining that History in addition to: questions of location; control of the economy; marginalization of People of African Descent in the Caribbean; and, power positions. “There is, in Barbados, (Antigua and Barbuda) a division of labour which says that the black community will occupy and control the politics and the white (Arab and Chinese) elite will control the economy…All of us as citizens of Barbados (Antigua and Barbuda) have to examine this model and transform it. It has to be transformed in order to fulfil the vision if our ancestors in General Bussa’s (King Court) time, General Greene(Hannibal) and Clement Payne (VC Bird),” – Prof. Dr. Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI)!

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