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Gov’t releases green paper of env’t management, climate adaptation

Natural Resources Minister Vincent Wheatley

Government has released what is known as ‘green paper’ on environmental management, climate adaptation and sustainable development.

This was revealed by Natural Resource Minister Vincent Wheatley at the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of The Fourth House Of Assembly on Tuesday, July 16.

Minister Wheatley said the decision to release a green paper was as a result of government‘s pride in the natural environment. He said government recognises the importance and value it brings to various sectors of the livelihood and health of Virgin Islanders.

“We have looked at the constitution of the Virgin Islands and taken note of the need to implement Section 29, which states that everyone has a right to an environment that is generally not harmful to his or her health and well-being and to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations,” Wheatley stated.

In explaining the main purpose of the paper, the minister said the document describes the approach that government will pursue to consult biodiversity.

He said it also describes how to “more effectively manage the natural assets, control pollution and the discharge of hazardous substances and strengthen the compliance and parity regimes to a rest environmental degradation”.

Minister Wheatley, said the document has been overdue for far too long.

Information regarding the green paper is available on government’s website.

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  1. smh says:

    Why don’t you focus on fixing the most important problem in the BVI right now? AIR POLLUTION Instead of sign green, red, yellow whatever papers. We have life-threatening issues and all you guys are doing is signing papers and buying masks and monitors.

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    • Bruce says:

      Because they are selling out to the UN and the climate change commie hoax.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please take note that a Green Paper is the first major step in creating official policy. A major part of the green paper is tackling the same pollution you mentioned…

  2. vip heckler says:

    This government coming to be like a waste ah time government now man. People !!! any regrets ???

  3. oh boy says:

    Vip heckler and Smh you guys have to be fools or what? Did you all read the article before making your comments ? Come on man.

    BVI NEWS stop assisting in spreading ignorance.

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  4. Call Me Ishmael says:

    This is a remarkable step forward. The only thing missing is the most obvious – How to manage our existing Waste Disposal. This should be the top priority!

  5. Caribbean Girl says:

    Everything looks great on paper. What is the plan?

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