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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 14:31

EMA Moves To List Scarlet Ibis As Environmentally Sensitive Species

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The process to designate the Scarlet Ibis as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS) has been initiated.

The Environmental Management Authority says this process will be expedited due to the increased poaching incidents at the Caroni Swamp.

In a statement, the EMA says this undertaking would signal the seriousness being given to the protection of this symbol of our national pride, a major tourist attraction and source of livelihoods for tour-operators.

The penalty for offences committed against an ESS is a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for two years.

As an additional measure, the EMA is also examining the increased protection of the Caroni Swamp, the habitat for the Scarlet Ibis, by designating it as an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA).

According to the EMA, although the Caroni Swamp is already protected through its designation as a Ramsar Site of International Importance and as a Prohibited Area under the Forests Act, the ESA designation would provide additional protection and benefits.

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