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Saturday 20 January 2018
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FFOS want talks on state lands

THE north coast is burning out of control and combined with unregulated quarrying and the drought which we are currently experiencing, the fires will cause the depletion of our naturally rich soil, mass flooding, siltation of our rivers, and marine ecosystem salinity imbalances in our inshore fisheries. So said Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) in a media release.

The Fire Services have been rendered powerless because of the magnitude and multitude of fires, FFOS said.

“The problem is exacerbated because our own people are slashing and burning the rainforest and claiming these sensitive ecosystems as their own personal property, while government after government have continued to allow public lands to fall into the hands of land grabbers and opportunists,” the release said.

FFOS said that land grabbing of state property by grassroots as well as the well-to-do middle and upper-class citizens is evident along many of our roads all over Trinidad.

FFOS is calling for public consultation on the need to sustainably manage our state lands, especially in areas with biodiverse tropical rainforests, the release said.

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