Tag: National Conservation Law

Chickens not the target of new conservation rules

Chickens not the target of new conservation rules

| 03/02/2023 | 109 Comments

(CNS): No one is going to jail for feeding animals in their own yards, even wild chickens, the Department of Environment has said. The regulations relating to the control of alien species come into force today, but over the last week social media has exploded with misinformation about the new rules, which have been drawn […]

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New rules rolled out to control alien species

New rules rolled out to control alien species

| 15/12/2022 | 48 Comments

(CNS): New regulations have been approved by Cabinet to protect native and endemic plants and animals under the National Conservation Act. The National Conservation (Alien Species) Regulations introduce a prohibited species list, outline the distinctions between domestic and feral animals and define permitted procedures and actions to control feral animals and other alien species, reducing […]

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Critically endangered plant protection approved

Critically endangered plant protection approved

| 21/11/2022 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Cabinet has approved a species protection plan for the critically endangered Aegiphila caymanensis, an endemic plant that is unique to Grand Cayman, now only found in three known locations across the island with just fourteen confirmed surviving specimens. Also known as the spirit vine, it is a woody, clambering shrub with soft, downy leaves […]

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NCC and CPA facing another potential battle

NCC and CPA facing another potential battle

| 14/09/2022 | 66 Comments

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority and the National Conservation Council might be engaged in yet another dispute over the council’s powers to curtail unsustainable development. This time, in one of only five projects where the NCC has issued a directive, the pending conflict is over a developer’s failure to submit an adequate turtle-friendly lighting plan […]

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Ruling hasn’t changed developer-tipped scale

Ruling hasn’t changed developer-tipped scale

| 06/09/2022 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The court ruling in the judicial review of the dispute between the National Conservation Council and the Central Planning Authority has not altered the balance between development and conservation in favour of the environment. Despite inaccurate claims being made by some developers, the judgment has only confirmed the NCC’s existing powers to make orders […]

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NCC learned of CPA plans to appeal in media

NCC learned of CPA plans to appeal in media

| 05/09/2022 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The controversial decision of the Central Planning Authority to appeal the judgement in the ‘Boggy Sand case’ was conveyed to the chairman of the National Conservation Council via the media. Following the news, as first reported on CNS on Friday, that the CPA had made the decision at a special meeting on Tuesday, 30 […]

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CPA will appeal Boggy Sand judicial review ruling

CPA will appeal Boggy Sand judicial review ruling

| 02/09/2022 | 143 Comments

(CNS): At a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, 30 August, the Central Planning Authority (CPA) resolved to appeal the decision by Justice Alistair Walters regarding the power of the National Conservation Council to direct planning refusals in certain circumstances. The ‘Boggy Sand case‘ pitched two government entities against each other to clarify the legislation, but it […]

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Court confirms NCC powers in Boggy Sand case

Court confirms NCC powers in Boggy Sand case

| 23/08/2022 | 128 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council does have the power to direct government bodies when their actions could have an adverse effect on protected areas or species, the Grand Court found in the long-awaited ruling in the ‘Boggy Sand’ judicial review, which was released Tuesday. The judge also found that the NCC can delegate that power […]

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DoE v CPA legal battle confirmed for June

DoE v CPA legal battle confirmed for June

| 25/03/2022 | 54 Comments

(CNS): The unprecedented forthcoming legal battle between two public sector entities, effectively setting government against government, has been listed to be heard in June. The Department of Environment and the National Conservation Council have requested a judicial review of a Central Planning Authority decision that ignored a legal directive not to grant planning permission.

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NCC clarifies ability to direct CPA via DoE

NCC clarifies ability to direct CPA via DoE

| 27/07/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council voted on a motion at its latest meeting to clarify its ability to delegate certain functions of the council to the director of the Department of Environment, as provided for in the National Conservation Act. Almost four years ago, the NCC delegated its power to direct agencies, mainly the Central […]

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Unlawful mangrove clearance under DPP investigation

Unlawful mangrove clearance under DPP investigation

| 12/05/2021 | 58 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has stated that it is investigating the unlawful clearance of mangroves in Red Bay with the help of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and is recommending that an application being made by the landscaping company that did the clearing for after-the-fact permission be held in abeyance until […]

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