The National Conservation Law, 2013, is a modern environmental law which will allow the Cayman Islands to protect and conserve endangered, threatened and endemic plants and their habitats as well as the variety of wildlife in the Cayman Islands.  The Law is now available as Supplement No.1 published with Extraordinary Gazette No. 9 dated 5th February, 2014.

   National Conservation Law

The Department of Environment (Email: is happy to answer any questions anyone may have regarding the Law, or to speak with any groups that still have questions.

 NCL Supporting Documents

Click on the following link to view the recent interview with Hon. Wayne Panton, Minister for Environment and Gina Ebanks-Petrie, Director Department of Environment regarding the draft National Conservation Law.

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One question we have been asked is regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment process. The Department of Environment expects that a detailed consultation process will be worked out and agreed to under the framework contained in the Law and then published via either Council directives or Cabinet regulations. Because the Department of Environment would not have control of that process we cannot say exactly what the final EIA process will be. However, our standing recommendation, based on currently recommended EIA processes, is available below for reference.

A copy of the 2010 (draft) NCL, along with an explanatory guide to that version of the Law are below. Although the section numbers and some of the fine detail of the Law has changed between drafts the principles explained in the guide remain  a good starting point for anyone with questions about the intent and effect of the National Conservation Law. Or to dispel some of the ‘that can’t be right’ comments you might hear on the street.


Much of the protection for species in the National Conservation Law will come through publically consulted Species Conservation Plans (NCL Section 17). The Department of Environment has created Biodiversity Action Plans for many species that will form the basis for decisions going forwards on how these species should be managed under the National Conservation Law. You can download three example Species Action Plans for review (PDF). Or learn more about all of the National Biodiversity Action Plans on the NBAP section of this website.

   Grand Cayman Blue iguana: Cyclura lewisi

   Cayman sage: Salvia caymanensis

   Queen conch: Strombus gigas