Survey: More environmental protection needed in Cayman

A recent survey of the National Trust’s membership shows only 3 per cent of respondents say Cayman’s environment is adequately protected. 

After the National Trust for the Cayman Islands sent out its multiple choice survey in March, 3 per cent of the 155 respondents said they felt Cayman’s legislation did not provide enough protection to the environment. Correspondingly, 97 per cent of respondents said they believe the Cayman Islands needs more legislation to protect its environment and 86 per cent said they believe the Cayman Islands needs a law to protect places of historic importance. 

And 99 per cent said it is important to preserve the history and environment of the Cayman Islands. 

“This survey confirms a substantial level of concern about the state of environmental and historic protection here in the Cayman Islands,” said National Trust Executive Director Christina McTaggart. 

She noted that 88 per cent of respondents stated it was “very important” that the next government enacts legislation protecting the history and environment of the Cayman Islands, and a further 11 per cent said it was “important”. 

“We believe this information sends a clear message to the next government that our citizens are concerned about the loss of our natural and built heritage and we hope it will be the catalyst to ensure the creation of good conservation policy and legislation beyond what already exists in the Animals Law,” said Ms McTaggart. 

“As the only non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation charged with conserving our history and environment, The National Trust’s work is vital to ensuring the protection of significant historic and environmental sites on all three Islands. In fact, the Cayman Islands is only able to meet its obligations related to a number of international treaties thanks to the work of the National Trust. However, our efforts can only extend as far as we are able raise the funds to purchase and subsequently protect these sites,” she added. 

Ms McTaggart said the National Trust has been urging lawmakers to release funds to the Trust from the Environmental Protection Fund, set up in the 1990s specifically to help protect Cayman’s environment.  

“We hope the next government will take heed. Those funds would go a long way toward supporting our efforts to establish a system of protected areas that will ensure the long-term survival of Cayman’s unique plants, animals and habitats, some of which are not found anywhere else on earth,” she said. 

 

For more information on the survey about the environment and the National Trust, call 749-1121. 

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