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Geospatial image update captures changing landscape

Geospatial image update captures changing landscape

| 15/02/2024 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Department of Lands and Survey, using a specialist private company, has completed an updated aerial image survey of the three Cayman Islands showing the state of the landscape, as captured in February 2023, including topographic data such as buildings and roads. The project used state-of-the-art technology to capture orthomosaic imagery, which […]

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DoE stresses problems with current coastal setbacks

DoE stresses problems with current coastal setbacks

| 12/02/2024 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has undertaken a review of properties damaged by last week’s powerful Nor’wester, which brought high seas and near galeforce winds. The damage to these coastal structures caused environmental, financial and personal loss, and the DoE has received footage and inquiries about the vulnerability of these properties. In many cases, when […]

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Trust backs NCA as development outpaces conservation

Trust backs NCA as development outpaces conservation

| 02/02/2024 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has hit out at those claiming development is being fettered by conservation legislation. The long-established non-profit organisation, which has a permanent seat on the National Conservation Council, has said that it is difficult, if not impossible, to see how the National Conservation Act is stopping development, given […]

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DoE director continues to fight misinformation

DoE director continues to fight misinformation

| 30/01/2024 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Department of Environment is continuing to correct misinformed critics of the DoE and the National Conservation Council who accuse them of delaying development. Gina Ebanks-Petrie has said, again, that the issues relating to planning delays are a result of the Central Planning Authority’s inaccurate interpretation of the National Conservation Law […]

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Colourful African lizard poses new threat to natives

Colourful African lizard poses new threat to natives

| 29/01/2024 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is issuing an alert over the first recorded sighting of a red-headed rock agama (Agama agama) on Grand Cayman. The small invasive lizard, which is a native of sub-Saharan Africa, was spotted last Thursday in the industrial centre of George Town, next to the container yard where international shipments have […]

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MPs use fund to pay for DoE’s general budget

MPs use fund to pay for DoE’s general budget

| 28/12/2023 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is disputing allegations it raided the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), which is paid for by fees collected from tourists and ringfenced for conservation, to fund part of the Department of Environment’s general operating budget over the next two years. Despite the denial, MPs did vote to use the fund in […]

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New law tightens protection for local flora

New law tightens protection for local flora

| 20/10/2023 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government has successfully steered the Plant Protection Act, 2023 through parliament in order to tighten the rules around importing plants that may harbour pests and threaten the local flora. Cayman’s native plants and trees are at risk from a range of new plant pests, such as the ever-present mealybug to the […]

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Cats going back to the wild after snip by NGO

Cats going back to the wild after snip by NGO

| 17/10/2023 | 67 Comments

(CNS): Alley Cat Allies, the international charity that founded Global Cat Day, marked on 16 October spent the day in Grand Cayman providing spay and neuter surgery for up to 100 cats and distributing hundreds of pounds of cat food to help local caregivers in a counter campaign to government’s control programme. But officials with the […]

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Trust buys 14.4 acres of Sesuvium marsh on LC

Trust buys 14.4 acres of Sesuvium marsh on LC

| 04/10/2023 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Little Cayman District Committee of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands (NTCI) has purchased a 14.4-acre parcel of land in the Snipe Point area at the east end of the island. The parcel contains part of the Sesuvium marsh habitat, one of ten distinct habitats found on the island first listed by […]

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Controversial cabana torn down after court decision

Controversial cabana torn down after court decision

| 04/09/2023 | 37 Comments

(CNS): The cabana on Boggy Sand Beach, which is behind the long-running courtroom battle between the National Conservation Council and the Central Planning Authority, was taken down this weekend. Following Friday’s decision by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, when the CPA’s appeal against a judicial review was dismissed, workmen began dismantling the failing structure. […]

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NCC prevails in legal battle with CPA

NCC prevails in legal battle with CPA

| 01/09/2023 | 86 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has dismissed the Central Planning Authority’s appeal challenging a direction from the National Conservation Council that it should not grant planning permission for the redevelopment of a beachfront cabana on Boggy Sand Beach. The high court confirmed on Friday that the National Conservation Act provides the NCC with […]

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