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The authenticity of a video posted
on the Facebook page of the envi-
ronmental advocacy group Papa
Bois Conservation, which purport-
edly raises the removal of mangrove
and trees at Invaders Bay, Port-of-
Spain, is now being questioned.
The video, which was posted last
Friday under the heading "Invaders
Bay devastated," last one minute and
49 seconds and gives an aerial view
of the area, located at the back of
MovieTowne, which shows no veg-
etation on the land.
The video drew a series of negative
comments, some of which knocked
those who allegedly sacrificed the
environment for progress by allowing
the mangrove in the area to be
uprooted and the land laid bare for
Contacted yesterday, however,
Marc de Verteuil, founding member
of the group, said he was not aware
of the details the video, as he had
simply "reposted it."
Asked if he had been to the site,
he said, "We have no involvement
in that project whatsoever."
One of the group s directors,
Stephen Broadbridge, said he
believed the area was refilled, but at
one point there were mangroves.
"Whether it was refilled a long
time ago or not, at some point there
would have been mangroves and
trees and we need to have them
replanted," Broadbridge said.
Broadbridge said he was not
against development, but urged this
be done in a sensible manner, espe-
cially taking into consideration the
well being of the environment. He
recommended a "mangrove forest"
be created and a boardwalk placed
in the center, so as to educate stu-
dents and the general population
about its uses.
"When the mangrove is cut down
I see no effort in having it replanted
and this poses a huge problem, as
mangroves are not only habitats for
animals but they also prevent garbage
from entering ocean," Broadbridge
But speaking to the T&T Guardian
from Toronto, chairman and CEO of
Multicinemas Trinidad Ltd, Derek
Chin, denied claims of mangrove
destruction. He also said people
should get the facts before making
Between 1998 and
1999 the land was
reclaimed and over the
years it became over-
grown with bush, Chin
said. "The land was
reclaimed by the Port
Authority and it was
then transferred to
Udecott. Over the years
a lot of bush has been
growing on the land
and that has been pos-
ing some serious
issues," Chin said.
He said this ranged
from stray dogs, cats
and rats taking up res-
idence in the bush to
the area providing a
haven for mosquitoes
"So no mangrove was
ever cut down because
it was simply bush
there all the time and
Udecott finally cut it
down because it was a
health and safety haz-
"It is amazing how
easily something can be
portrayed so negatively
without first finding
out the facts," Chin
Online video angers environmentalists as...
Invaders Bay land cleared
Nico Kersting, who made the
video, said it was not simply bush
being cut down but grubbing was
The Free Online Dictionary
describes grubbing digging up by
the roots of plant and tree life.
Kersting, who is from the
Netherlands, said he is a civil
engineer and has been living in T&T
for the past 14 years.
He said when land is being
grubbed the next step is to lay a
"Last Friday I went to Invaders
Bay for a research project looking
at the sediment plume coming out
of the Maraval River. This is when I
noted the grubbing going on.
"The whole site had been cleared
and grubbed in a matter of days. I
filmed and made photos with my
drone. I informed the EMA and I
intend to go to them tomorrow
"Basically, I wonder if anybody
even cares because that area had
such an abundance of wildlife. I
was really impressed," Kersting
ENGINEER---GRUBBING TOOK PLACE
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