The Environmental Management Division (EMD) currently has a ‘Native and Endemic Plant Collection, Propagation and Distribution Policy’ out for public consultation.
The policy and supporting documents can be viewed at the EMD offices at Essex House and are also available on the SHG website at: (http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/).
The policy has been devised after comprehensive consultation with key stakeholders. It aims to provide clear guidance and an enabling framework for those wishing to collect endemic or native seed, and propagate and distribute endemic and native species for restoration or commercial purposes. The policy also provides the licensing system for these activities as required under Section 20 of the (draft) Environmental Ordinance.
As part of this consultation, two public meetings are scheduled:
- Monday 6January 2014 at the Longwood Community Centre from 7.30 – 8.30pm
- Wednesday 8January at the Kingshurst Community Centre from 7.30 – 8.30pm
These meetings are an opportunity for interested persons to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback about this policy.
The public consultation phase ends on 17January 2014. Any feedback submitted by then will be used to revise the policy, which will then be presented to the Environment & Natural Resources Committee for their final endorsement.
For more information please contact Shayla Ellick, Species Conservation & Environmental Research Officer at EMD on telephone number 22270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.