Tag: Gina Ebanks-Petrie

Climate policy gathers eight years of dust

Climate policy gathers eight years of dust

| 30/09/2019 | 77 Comments

(CNS): Cayman is not doing anywhere near enough to prepare for the onslaught of climate change, despite being a low lying small island country on the front line of sea level rise, experts have said. A climate change policy formulated in 2011 has been gathering dust in the Ministry of Environment because no minister has […]

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EIA concerns still unfounded

EIA concerns still unfounded

| 19/09/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment reviewed 140 planning and ten coastal work applications in May, June and July, but did not require any developers to conduct an environmental impact assessment. Government has pointed to this element in the National Conservation Law as one of the reasons why it created a committee to review the legislation, […]

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Planning law needs to support conservation law

Planning law needs to support conservation law

| 05/09/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): As government reviews the National Development Plan and the planning law and regulations, Department of Environment (DoE) Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie says that changes to planning legislation were always needed to help support the goals of the National Conservation Law. But there are fears in the community that not only is government going to gut […]

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Real protection needed to stop mangrove clearance

Real protection needed to stop mangrove clearance

| 03/09/2019 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is hoping that if Cabinet accepts the recommendations of the National Conservation Council for a species protection plan for mangroves, it will help curtail the constant clearance of these important plants for development. With a number of sites, from West Bay to Snug Harbour, being cleared of mangroves in recent […]

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Future of Boggy Sand Beach in jeopardy

Future of Boggy Sand Beach in jeopardy

| 27/08/2019 | 70 Comments

(CNS): The shifting sand on one of West Bay’s most famous beaches has caused considerable public concern this summer as large parts of it disappeared. Beaches are dynamic, with sand coming and going depending on the time of year and seasonal weather conditions, but the recent disappearance of a swathe of Boggy Sand Beach has […]

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DoE defends conservation law

DoE defends conservation law

| 23/07/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The public is being urged to learn about and understand the National Conservation Law so that they can properly contribute to the current review and make the most of the law itself, which also provides for considerable public input in various areas. Taking to the radio waves last week, officials from the Department of […]

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Turtle conservation may stop CTC releases

Turtle conservation may stop CTC releases

| 02/07/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Turtle Centre’s release of yearlings into the wild and more recently the eggs placed on beaches around Grand Cayman may be stopped under a species conservation plan for all turtles, which is now under public consultation, unless the CTC allows an independent verification of its standards and protocols. Department of Environment Director […]

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People urged to lobby MLAs over NCL threat

People urged to lobby MLAs over NCL threat

| 06/06/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): At an educational meeting hosted by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands Wednesday night, attendees were urged to contact their MLAs and lobby them about concerns over mounting threats to the environment, especially from development, and to offer their support for the National Conservation Law. Many people in the audience felt that there […]

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DoE director blocked from people’s vote meeting

DoE director blocked from people’s vote meeting

| 29/05/2019 | 77 Comments

(CNS): The chief officer in the ministry overseeing the Department of Environment has blocked DoE Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie from attending a public meeting on Thursday being organised by the Cruise Port Referendum campaigners, despite the many technical environmental questions likely to arise from potential voters. The supervisor of elections, Wesley Howell, has confirmed that he […]

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Protection, changing culture sees sharks flourish

Protection, changing culture sees sharks flourish

| 28/05/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Shark numbers are now higher in Cayman Islands’ waters than in many other Caribbean islands, research data has revealed, as a result of conservation measures and a shift in attitude towards these critically important reef predators. Although there is still some way to go to ensure that they flourish, local shark populations have benefitted […]

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Marine protection plan gets nod ten years on

Marine protection plan gets nod ten years on

| 01/04/2019 | 46 Comments

(CNS): More than ten years after the Department of Environment began a scientific survey that helped outline what expansion to the existing marine parks would be needed to protect Cayman’s resources into the future, Cabinet has finally given the green light for the necessary regulations to make it a reality. The DoE submitted its final […]

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