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Monday, June 11, 2007 – The Pitons Management Area is approaching its third year of enlistment as a World Heritage Site.

The site, comprising 2,909 hectares of land was enlisted on June 30 2004 and received it's inscription on February 14th 2005. General Manager of the Pitons Management Area Henix Joseph says an “Integrated Development Plan” for the area is being developed.

“ That plan is going to look at the whole question of development in Soufriere. Some things that would be permitted and would not be permitted. If you are going to allow development what type of development you are going to allow because given that we are a natural site and we talk about superlative natural beauty , we ought to be very careful as to what is permitted and what is not permitted, ” said Manager of the Pitons Management Henix Joseph

Joseph further stated that with World heritage status the value of land in the area appreciated tremendously resulting in a number of persons trying to capitalise on its increased value.

“ They are trying to sell land at exorbitant prices and to put all kinds of development, but the government has taken a position, cabinet has in fact taken a position that no development should take place there pending the completion of this study,” Joseph added.

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