Governor Augustus Jaspert has joined efforts to preserve and protect endangered plant species and habitats in the territory.
During his visit to the sister island of Jost Van Dyke on April 11, Governor
“We all know how amazingly beautiful the BVI is, and this work highlights the important biodiversity and native plant species at the core of that beauty. It’s important we protect and nurture our environment for generations to come,” the governor said.
He was accompanied to the island by scientists from Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom (UK) and the BVI National Parks Trust. They joined teams of hikers who were carrying out the works of the Tropical Important Plants Areas (TIPAs) project which discovered 18 of these areas across 13 islands in the BVI.
Earlier this week, it was reported that this said project is in the final stage of protecting and sustaining the TIPAs.
Meanwhile, the governor met with local businesses and members of the community and also viewed the recovery progress in critical areas on Jost Van Dyke including the almost-completed Customs office, the police and district office, as well as the newly-gifted reservoir from the UK.
The UK, the government and the Recovery and Development Agency have all played a major role in the restoration project.
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