We are looking at how
- Bring together government departments, representatives of local industry and commerce, environment and heritage organizations, the Governor’s office, individual environmental champions and other community representatives in a forum to formulate a detailed strategy for action.
- Ensure the protection and restoration of key habitats, species and landscape features through legislation and appropriate management structure and mechanisms, including a protected areas policy, and attempt the control and eradication of invasive species.
- Ensure that environmental considerations are integrated within social and economic planning processes; promote sustainable patterns of production and consumptions within the territory.
- Ensure that environmental impact assessments are undertaken before approving major projects and while developing our growth management strategy.
- Commit to open and consultative decision-making on developments and plans which may affect the environment; ensure that environmental impact assessments include consultation with stakeholders.
- Implement effectively obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements already extended to
Anguillaand work towards the extension of other relevant agreements.
- Review the range, quality and availability of baseline data for natural resources and biodiversity.
- Ensure that legislation and policies reflect the principle that the polluter should pay for prevention or remedies; establish effective monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
- Encourage teaching within schools to promote the value of our local environment (natural and built) and to explain its role within the regional and global environment.
- Promote publications that spread awareness of the special features of the environment in Anguilla; promote within
Anguillathe guiding principles set out above.
- Abide by the principles set out in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and work towards meeting International Development Targets on the environment.
Those were our government’s promises to us when they signed up to this Environmental Charter. It is not much use signing up to a series of high-sounding promises if we do not keep to them. There are further legal implications. These commitments give rise to a legitimate expectation [link here] in the minds of Anguillians that government will live up to the promises they made to the people. If government fails in any significant way to uphold these promises, they lay themselves open to a lawsuit on the part of an affected citizen or resident of the island. The consequences can be costly. That is why it becomes necessary, from time to time, for someone to review our progress and to report on our achievements and failures, if we are to have an appreciation of how well or badly we are doing in meeting our commitments. That is what the recently concluded Overseas Territories Conservation Forum consultants did when they visited