National Conservation Bill
Proposed National Conservation Legislation
The Hon. Charles Clifford, Minister for Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce, in tabling the proposed national conservation legislation in the Assembly on 22 March said: “It is now necessary for the country to enact progressive, comprehensive legislation in order to meet the variety of challenges posed by emerging environmental issues at both a local and global level.”
The new legislation will provide Government and the Department of Environment with the necessary regulatory framework to adequately address current environmental issues. The update is also required to ensure that the country complies with its treaty obligations and with the Environmental Charter between the U.K. and its Overseas Territories.
Key elements of the proposed legislation include the establishment of:
- a National Conservation Council;
- mechanisms for the designation and management of protected areas;
- procedures for the nomination, designation and conservation of protected species;
- regulatory procedures for the introduction of non-indigenous or genetically altered species of flora and fauna;
- statutory requirements for environmental impact assessments;
- a Conservation Fund; and
- procedures whereby directions may be given to the Council by the Governor in Cabinet
The public is asked to review the Bill and provide written feedback to the Ministry of Environment. The deadline for input is 21 May 2007. Mail views and opinions to:
Conservation Bill Feedback Ministry of Environment Government Administration Building Grand Cayman KY1-1100 Cayman Islands
This summary details the need for new conservation legislation and outlines key elements of the draft National Conservation Law.
The 58-page draft has 45 clauses presented in seven parts: Preliminary, Administration, Protected Areas, Protection of Wildlife, Permits and Licences, Enforcement and Penalties, and General.