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Section 10: Joined-up thinking – institutional ... - UKOTCF

Section 10: Joined-up thinking – institutional ... - UKOTCF

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Section 10: Joined-up thinkinginstitutional arrangements for environmental management Co-ordinators: Liz Charter (Chief Wildlife & Conservation Officer, Isle of Man), and Farah Mukhida (Executive Director, Anguilla National Trust) This section recognises that a joined-up approach is essential for sustainable development generally and conservation management in particular; it is built into at least three articles of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In pursuit of a joined-up approach, key questions include: how do key government and NGO players work together, engage with other stakeholders and manage their information base? The section is in two parts. During the conference itself, for time-tabling reasons relating to the availability of the he UK Minister for Biodiversity, Mr Huw Irranca-Davies, these two parts were separated by a session of reporting back on other sessions and the speech by the Minister. This material is reported in the following Section 11. However, we are pleased to note that the Minister’s address alludes also to joined-up work. Part 1: Joined-up government and government/NGO co-operation Conservation organisations operate through partnerships with other organisations which share the same aim. Gina Ebanks-Petrie describes how the Department of the Environment, of which she is the Director, and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands work together. Liz Charter (Chief Wildlife and Conservation Officer of the Isle of Man Government) identifies significant legislation, government procedures, policies in the island Strategic Plan and tools such as the Memorandum of Understanding, which have assisted in getting the Isle of Man Government to develop a more joined up approach to the environment. Michael Gore provides a valuable insight into the role of a UKOT Governor in environmental issues. He emphasises that the extent to which a Governor gets involved in conservation depends on the individual. The link between good governance and good environmental practice gives a Governor a platform for involvement if he or she feels the situation warrants it. Part 2: Information sharing Alan Mills, a consultant who has worked in the South Atlantic as well as in the Caribbean, illustrates the value of GIS in information sharing on Ascension. GIS technology is adaptable and enables a joined-up approach through multi-layered mapping. Mike Pienkowski briefly explains the state of the UKOTCF web-database, which is being further developed. Colin Hindmarch introduces Marimar Villagarcia from the Canary Islands Marine Science Institute who is collaborating with all tropical and sub-tropical overseas entities of EU countries in the Net- BIOME project, along with UKOTCF and others. The first stage is information sharing but this is expected to lead to further bids for EU funds for joint research projects. From left: Liz Charter, Michael Gore, Farah Mukhida and Gina Ebanks-Petrie (Photos of participants in this Section by Thomas Hadjikyriakou unless otherwise indicated) Making the Right Connections: a conference on conservation in UK Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and other small island communities, page 325

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