Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis is condemning the illegal encroachment of forest spaces.
In a press release issued, Robinson-Regis expressed concern over recent media reports on the threat to tree-cover and water-ways in east Trinidad as a result of squatting and illegal quarrying. She said she would not condone the reckless action of a few to the detriment of many.
The Minister noted that assessments conducted under the improving forest and protected areas management project have highlighted a number of forests reserves that have suffered significant forest cover loss due to such illegal activities. She pointed out that these forests have become the home to several species of wild flora and fauna, which, if not protected could easily result in their extinction.