|View of Lot from Sandy Bay Ridges|
Following public consultation in July a National Environmental Management Plan has been developed to implement St. Helena’s 3rd National Goal 'Effective Management of the Environment’.
With a sub-tropical climate, St Helena’s environment is one of exciting flora and fauna, with a number of species endemic to the island. Its natural landscape of lush green peaks to breathtaking rock formations, changes dramatically from one area to another and is very much a photographer’s haven.
The St Helena Government is committed to conserving its environment and has recently created an Environmental Management Directorate.
This new directorate will focus on policy and legislation, communication and stakeholder engagement, evidence-based advice, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and enforcement. Its focus will be to mainstream environment and climate change within St. Helena Government.
As part of this process, some applications for development are subject to Environmental Impact Assessment as per the Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance.
In addition other government, non-government and voluntary organisations are involved in taking forward a number of projects which have/are being financially supported by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme, (funded jointly by the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)); the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).