Greening the Anguillan economy

 

“Green growth, increasing prosperity for all without ruining the environment, may seem unattainable, but it is up to us to make it a reality.”

 

His Excellency, the Governor of Anguilla, Alistair Harrison, reaffirmed the British Government’s commitment to maintaining the environment and biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories, at a green economy workshop earlier this year: “This is an extraordinary, rich resource that we see around us in Anguilla. Decisions on the environment are devolved to the elected governments of the territories. While this seminar has been funded by Defra and managed by JNCC, the process was entirely made and initiated in Anguilla.” 

 

The workshop, which took place on 5-6 February 2013, brought together individuals from government departments, non-governmental organisations, the public sector and local businesses. It was the culmination of a series of stakeholder consultations which explored what  the Anguillan people themselves regard as the key environment issues facing the island.  Four priority areas were identified and were the focus of extended discussions - strengthening the decision making process, improving development planning, improving waste management and water conservation.

 

Two days of intensive discussions resulted in the identification of a series of gaps and barriers to the implementation of environmental mainstreaming in Anguilla, as well as an improved understanding among participants of the economic value of the natural environment.  A further technical experts meeting highlighted the range of project work being funded by UK Government in Anguilla. This additional work includes lionfish research, coastal zone management and ecosystem valuation assessment, all of which will contribute to, and support, the Anguillan National Ecosystem Assessment project.

 

The Anguillan meetings were organised following the success of pilot projects in the Falklands and the British Virgin Islands in 2012.

 

Fadilah Ali held a lionfish seminar for hoteliers and fisheries people.  She showed how to remove the venomous spines then showed how she records and dissects the fish.  Examination of the gut revealed that even juvenile lionfish contained 5-6 fry of commercial importance.  The workshop brought home the issues surrounding lionfish, why they need fishing in their own right and the impacts on commercial fisheries around Anguilla and the region.

 

 

Contact File

 

Amanda Gregory

European Adviser

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866811

 

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