Tag: Gina Ebanks-Petrie

Climate change presents major health risks

Climate change presents major health risks

| 11/10/2021 | 69 Comments

(CNS): Climate change poses a much greater threat to our health than the COVID-19 pandemic, the director of the Department of Environment has warned. Delivering an address at the 2021 Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference last week, Gina Ebanks-Petrie pointed to a catalogue of diseases and ill-health that awaits us all if the world fails to […]

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Mangrove protection still limited by laws

Mangrove protection still limited by laws

| 30/09/2021 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Mangroves are still disappearing under the bulldozer, even after the National Conservation Council (NCC) adopted a Species Conservation Plan for Mangroves, because this protection is limited by the parameters of the conservation and planning laws, which do not prevent owners from developing their land in accordance with the planning laws.

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NCC confirms need for EIA on Dart PAD

NCC confirms need for EIA on Dart PAD

| 22/07/2021 | 119 Comments

(CNS): The application by the islands’ largest landowner and property developer for a 157-acre planned area development (PAD) in West Bay, which is expected to go before the Central Planning Authority in the near future, will require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) before approval. The National Conservation Council has ratified the Department of Environment’s recommendation […]

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Dart: WTE won’t hurt incentive to reduce or reuse

Dart: WTE won’t hurt incentive to reduce or reuse

| 10/06/2021 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Dart executives have stated that the plan to incinerate and convert the bulk of Cayman’s future garbage into energy will not undermine efforts to reduce and reuse the 100,000 tons of rubbish that the Cayman Islands produce on average each year. The projections for the anticipated increase in waste have emerged from government’s predictions […]

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Ahearn returns as premier’s chief officer

Ahearn returns as premier’s chief officer

| 03/05/2021 | 56 Comments

(CNS): Jennifer Ahearn, a long-time senior civil servant, has returned to her old job as a chief officer, this time with Premier Wayne Panton’s Ministry of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency. While government has yet to reveal the full slate of chief officers heading up the new ministries, Ahearn accompanied Panton on Thursday during his first […]

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Port marine life still protected, say officials

Port marine life still protected, say officials

| 24/03/2021 | 14 Comments

(CNS): The George Town Harbour, which is now an anchorage zone and no longer a marine park after new regulations were implemented, is still protected because it remains a no-take zone, officials from the Port Authority and the Department of Environment have said. The new zoning also means that in future, divers will need to […]

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Killer coral threat very serious

Killer coral threat very serious

| 01/03/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The threat posed to local reefs by the still enigmatic Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is very serious, according to the director of the Department of Environment. Against the backdrop of climate change, other diseases, excessive coastal development and ocean pollution, this extremely contagious and deadly disease is advancing towards Seven Mile Beach, […]

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Dart’s hotel to go before CPA with no DoE input

Dart’s hotel to go before CPA with no DoE input

| 15/02/2021 | 122 Comments

(CNS): Hotel Indigo, which will anchor Dart’s proposed ‘new town’, will be before the Central Planning Authority (CPA) on Tuesday as a separate application, but it will not have any input from the Department of Environment because no new National Conservation Council (NCC) members have been appointed. The project comes against the backdrop of public […]

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DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

| 29/09/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): 2020 is a year none of us are likely to forget, and while COVID-19 is indelibly stamped on it, there are some good things to remember too. The Department of Environment’s Turtle Conservation Programme officially recorded the 500th wild sea turtle nest of the season on Tuesday morning, reflecting the efforts of volunteers and […]

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CPA to hear Balboa Beach after-the-fact application

CPA to hear Balboa Beach after-the-fact application

| 01/09/2020 | 78 Comments

(CNS): Ten years after the Central Planning Authority issued after-the-fact permission to the owners of Balboa Beach for an original take-away restaurant and following five enforcement notices and six infractions of the planning law, the owners of the waterfront site have made another application seeking permission for work done without authority. The application, which is […]

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NCC votes for increased turtle protection

NCC votes for increased turtle protection

| 24/08/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): A green turtle narrowly escaped poachers in West Bay recently after a member of the public called 911 to report an attempt to steal her away as she came onto the beach to nest. Conservation officers responded quickly and got her back in the sea, and then watched the beach through the night. However, […]

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