Cayman Islands Marine Park Review Darwin Initiative

September 14, 2011-

The Cayman Islands Government Department of Environment is currently in its second year of a Darwin Initiative project to comprehensively review the Cayman Islands marine parks to ensure that, 25 years on, they are still optimally configured to protect Cayman’s marine habitats and resources for future generations. Assessments have been undertaken to identify and quantify, where possible, the current level of threat to the marine environment as well as the capacity of Cayman Islands coral reefs and other marine systems to cope with future threats such as climate change related coral bleaching. Staff on this Darwin Initiative project have engaged members of the community in a first round of public consultation to present findings and hear what people would like to see in an improved marine parks system for the Cayman Islands, based on the scientific research and their own usage of the marine environment.

 

ENVIRONMENT BREAK: Marine Parks public meetings

September 12, 2011-

“Staff on this Darwin Initiative project to evaluate the existing Marine Parks have engaged members of the community in a first round of public consultation to present findings and hear what people would like to see in an improved marine parks system for the Cayman Islands, based on the scientific research and their own usage of the marine environment.”- CI Department of Environment

 

Spotlight on the Marine Parks. 25 years of Marine Parks in the Cayman Islands

May 30, 2011-

“Cayman’s marine parks turned 25 this year. We join Department of Environment staff as they celebrate with a marine parks open house. Learn more about the department’s work and the importance of the country’s conservation efforts.”- Government Information Services

 

Grouper’s Last Stand

June 02, 2011-

“Marine reserves protecting one of the last great populations of an imperiled Caribbean reef fish, the Nassau grouper, are about to expire in the Cayman Islands. Learn about the benefits of these protections, the risk associated with losing them, and research being done by the REEF Grouper Moon Project in collaboration with the C.I. Department of Environment to achieve conservation success. To find out more, visit http://www.REEF.org/groupermoonproject.”- Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)