Environmental Consultant Landmark Practice Nick Roberts states the integrity of the Piton Management Area has not been compromised.
“The very good news really is that the OUV outstanding value of the Pitons has not changed between 2002 and this year it is still in good health. And I think that is really one of the most important points to get over.”
Roberts is an expert from the firm Landmark Practice contracted by the government of Saint Lucia to conduct the Limits of Acceptable Change Study for the Piton Management Area.
His colleague, Environmental Consultant Chris McDermott, said recommendations were made to maintain the outstanding universal value of the PMA.
“The key method that we’re going to employ to do this is that we have identified a series of what we call important viewpoints which we want to protect so that virtually from now and in perpetuity we don’t want to see any significant changes to the views. Because most of the changes to the views are likely to occur due to inappropriate development. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that there can be no development within the PMA. It just needs to be done in a very subtle sensitive way so that it does not affect the views. So basically we’ve gone around the PMA and we’ve selected these key informed viewpoints. “
According to the environmental consultant, most developments within the area need to be modified in compliance with the findings of the Limits of Acceptable Change Study.