POLICIES – PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
Management Division currently has three draft environmental policies out for
public consultation; these are Underwater Blasting, Peaks National Park
Management Development Plan and Environmental Research Permitting.
Blasting provides a procedure for any blasting work to take place in or near
the marine environment. There are a growing number of potential coastal
developments which have the potential to impact the marine environment during
construction and the policy aims to minimise the negative impact on marine
Peaks National Park Management Development Plan provides a legal basis for this
National Conservation Area. The plan has been devised after consultation
involving workshops and meetings with stakeholders and individual land owners.
It aims to incorporate a number of functions and values including ecosystem
services, conservation of native and endemic species and habitats, access for
the local community as well as tourists.
Environmental Research Permitting policy provides a framework to establish an
environmental research permitting system, the aim of which is to effectively manage
environmental research on the Island. Research permitting systems have been
introduced across a number of small islands including UK Overseas Territories.
environmental research permitting policy recognises the value of environmental
research - to the individual researchers themselves; their research institute;
the international research community; and to St Helena, our environment and our
Head of EMD, Isabel Peters said:
lot of preparatory work, led by EMD staff with input from key stakeholders, was
done to get the policies to a stage where they could be taken out for public
consultation. The draft policies were put forward to the ENRD committee in
September and were approved for public consultation, which commenced soon after.”
part of this consultation a public meeting is scheduled for the 17 of October
at the ESH Information and Business Centre, located upstairs at the Canister.
The session which will start at 4.30pm and will provide an opportunity for
anyone interested to learn more about the policies and ask questions and
deadline for the public consultation has now been extended to allow further
public input and will draw to a close on the 21 October 2013.
will then be collated and the documents revised to be presented to the ENRD
committee for their final endorsement. All documents and summaries are
available on the SHG website on the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/