Legislators seek to protect endangered species in Grenada


Nazin Burke, a member of the National Democratic Congress party of Grenada, has introduced legislation seeking to reverse legislation that allows the government to strip protected areas and landmarks of their designation. The law in question was passed in 2007 by the former administration of Keith Mitchell in order to allow the government to offer protected land to developers of a Four Seasons Hotel. The land has been a habitat for the endangered Grenada dove and dozens of other bird species.  The Grenada dove (Leptotila wellsi) is a medium-sized New World tropical dove endemic to Grenada. The dove, the national bird of Grenada is considered to be one of the most critically endangered doves in the world. The legislation was widely criticized even though the government set aside land for the dove just west of the development.

The National Democratic Congress party had promised to reverse the law when it was campaigning for the July 2008 elections, which it won. The proposal will be debated in July.

Lynden Ramdhanny, a local director for the Four Seasons Hotel project, said the proposal would not interfere with its plans. He said officials already have reduced the number of villas to avoid encroaching on the dove’s habitat.

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