Friends of the Earth International Secretariat
P.O. Box 19199 1000
March 8, 2016
I write in the name of civil society organisations, workers, professionals and the people of Grenada to solicit your assistance to bring to international attention the proposed desecration and sale of one of our most treasured historical sites on the island for the construction of a hotel project by Egyptian Billionaire Mr. Naguib Sawiris.
Our people have a great history of passion and deep concern about preserving the natural, historic and cultural heritage of our homeland, Grenada. Today, we are now forced to protest, by way of public petition, because of a planned attack on our national patrimony.
We wish to bring to your attention the expressed intention of the Government of Grenada to allocate an area on Grand Anse Beach, called Camerhogne Park, for hotel construction.
We must let you know that Camerhogne Park is no ordinary recreational facility. In fact, the area is known to have been occupied by the indigenous people before European settlement and colonization. It is this history that gives the area its special place in the heritage of Grenada. In fact our Government has named one of our national Awards, Camerhogne. In addition, it virtually represents the last available
green space on the world famous Grand Anse Beach as all other areas have been allocated to hotel construction.
Apart from the historic value of Camerhogne Park, the land serves important environmental purposes. A 1997 Organisation of American States (OAS) funded Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Grand Anse Beach recommended that no further hotel construction be done along the coastline, noting the long term environmental damage to the coastline and sea.