Representatives from 13 UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and Crown Dependencies participated in discussions on the future of the environment in their jurisdictions at a special Environment Ministers Meeting in Alderney, Channel Islands, from 27-28 April 2017. The aim of the meeting was to develop the benefits of joint and collaborative working, and discuss common priorities and approaches to negotiations with the UK Government.

Due to access issues at the time, St Helena was unable to send a representative, but Chairperson of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee, Councillor Pamela Ward Pearce, and Director of Environment & Natural Resources, Derek Henry, participated via skype for part of the meeting.

Topics discussed included:

  • Unique Biodiversity and Natural Heritage
  • International Commitments
  • International Environmental Agreements, and review of progress in implementing the Environment Charters, as well as reaching the Aichi Targets and relevant Sustainable Development Goals
  • Climate Change
  • Funding from UK Government and making the deployment of current resources as cost-effective as possible
  • Additional funding sources
  • Consequences of leaving the European Union
  • Safeguarding Environmental Protection

Derek said:

“The section of the meeting that Pamela and I joined was interesting and informative.

 “We were able to identify with the work that is ongoing in other UKOTs and Crown Dependencies and support the need for working more closely together across the territories to continue work preserving our environmental heritages.”

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 SHG                                                                                                                                   

24 May 2017

 

 

 

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