The Island Resources Foundation (IRF) has secured funding, through the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories Environment Programme, to prepare environmental profiles of the islands of Virgin Gorda and Anegada. The BVI Beacon reports:
First, Jost Van Dyke got one.
Now, Virgin Gorda and Anegada will get one, too.
The Governor’s Office announced last week that the Island Resources Foundation secured funding to produce environmental profiles for the two sister islands.
Funded by the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories Environment Programme, the profiles will be designed to help guide policy-making to ensure sustainability, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.
“There is currently too little scientifically based data available which address the major environmental issues and conflicts that threaten the sustainable development of the BVI,” the statement said, adding that the profile will help fill “gaps in available environmental data” and propose options for change.
Environmental profiles have been prepared elsewhere in the Caribbean, but none had been produced for the Virgin Islands until the 2009 JVD profile, which was part of another OTEP-funded project with the JVD Preservation Society.
Find out more in this post on the IRF blog:
The BVI Environmental Profile Programme will provide an expanded information base to guide the choices of public and private sector stakeholders and decision- makers.
The programme will take a retrospective look at environmental change, assess priority environmental issues, and place these within a forward-looking context that supports sustainable growth.
As a result, BVIslanders and their government will better understand the need to balance how they want to grow with what they want to protect.
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