Submission of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the British Overseas Territories. It is a regrettable fact that we Anguillians are too caught up in our daily activities to give much thought to where
The very concept of discussing where
The hard evidence is entirely to the contrary. It is xenophobic rubbish. A little research indicates that there are more British individuals and organizations than Anguillians worrying over where
As the Submission points out, our capacity to implement effective environmental governance and respond to environmental crises is constrained by limited human and financial resources. The Environment Department and the Anguilla National Trust only have small numbers of staff that are stretched very thinly. As ANT relies to a significant extent on funding from government, it is not able to respond objectively when consulted on development proposals. It would be threatened with budget cuts if it dared raise objections either loudly or effectively. ANT’s officers are principally government civil servants steeped in a culture of not rocking the boat. The Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society is all-volunteer, but it suffers from all the symptoms of old age, and does not function any longer.
As our natural environment continues to deteriorate, government appears to be taking little or no action to remedy this. Our lack of capacity, coupled by the lack of interest or support from the UK Government on these issues, means that the deterioration of our ecosystem continues largely unabated. The Anguilla government needs to provide sufficient resources so that we can implement similar environmental standards as they have in the
I don’t know why I bother to post this. A sense of frustration with government’s failings overwhelms. The problem is not limited to government. It extends down to the village level. No one in