Commitment No 2: Ensure the Protection and Restoration of Key Habitats, Species and Landscape Features through Legislation and Appropriate Management Structures and Mechanisms, Including a Protected Areas Policy, and Attempt the Control and Eradication of Invasive Species. This was the second commitment made by the government of
According to the Report, we have not done very well in meeting this second commitment. The report records that
I remember after Hurricane Louis. The green iguana, Iguana iguana [link here], arrived on our beaches floating on logs that came from Guadeloupe and Dominica where they had been uprooted by the storm and washed out to sea. Illegal immigrants! We were warned at the time that they posed a threat to our indigenous iguana, Iguana delicatissima [link here]. No one seems to be paying attention. Today, you can buy a locally bred illegal immigrant in any pet shop on the island. They are now considered almost local!
When I asked the Anguilla National Trust if they had any comment, they replied, “While HMG and UKOTCF would like to see Anguilla implement more of the Charter, the truth is that Anguilla is in fact spending more resources implementing the
Now, I know that the ANT is a statutory corporation and not a branch of government. But, the ANT is, in the Department of the Environment, the executive arm of government that implements the policies and programmes of government. Government is its largest funding source. The ANT speaks for government in the area of the environment. So, I suppose that reaction was only to be expected.
I do hope that when we make commitments we will put aside the funding to meet them.
Is that not what we are all supposed to do in our daily personal lives?