Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018. 6:07 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On June 15, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration, Godwin Hulse signed the Forests (Protection of Mangroves) Regulations 2018 which will come into effect on June 23, 2018, upon publication in the Gazette.
These new regulations place greater emphasis on the management and conservation of mangroves in critical areas on the mainland and on the cayes.
It also recognizes the significance of mangroves as an important feature of the country’s coastline and cayes – the role they play in coastline protection, contribution to our economy, and their aesthetic, ecological, and environmental values and functions. In addition, it incorporates these intrinsic values to inform the decision-making process for alteration requests.
The new regulations also provide for an improved application process for alteration permits, institute a new systematic fee system, and strengthen penalties and fines to deter illegal mangrove alteration.
The Ministry will be conducting sessions to educate the public and key stakeholders on the various sections of the regulations.
A copy of the new regulations will be publicly available upon publication in the Gazette.
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