Friday June 22nd 2012 – The Parliamentary Representative for Soufriere, Honourable Harold Dalson has expressed disappointment at the recent revelation that the Pitons World Heritage Status is in danger.
Last week, Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher, Minister with responsibility for Sustainable Development informed the public that The World Heritage Committee (WHC) has indicated that at the upcoming 36th Session of the Committee, the Pitons Management Area (PMA) of Saint Lucia will be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Soufriere Member of Parliament Honourable Harold Dalson expressed his disappointment over the matter and described as “unfortunate”, the actions of the previous government, which led to the WHC intention. “To list the site as one which is in danger, suggests that the authorities allowed certain actions by way of developments to take place within the area, not in cognizant of the stipulations enshrined in the charter and that means the site itself will not be able to translate into benefits for the people of Soufriere.”
Honourable Harold Dalson says he is confident that Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher, will do all in his power to save Saint Lucia the embarrassment of being placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and preserve the international image of our country.
“As an administration, we know the policies that will keep us with our investment ongoing and also preserve the integrity of the site. We are going to maintain the integrity; whatever that was in the area that caused us to win the award, we must preserve that and jealously guard that. At the same time, we must respond to the economic needs of the people; so there must be a happy balance”
The status of World Heritage Site was awarded to the Piton Management Area by UNESCO at the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in China on June 30th, 2004.